Socitm's International work aims to raise members' awareness of international issues, to establish relationships with similar ICT-related professional associations around the world, to seek funding for joint projects and to provide a focal point for involvement in global initiatives.
International collaboration allows Socitm members to:
- share ideas and experience of ICT-enabled public service reform
- adapt successful solutions pioneered elsewhere
- avoid reinventing wheels
- make comparisons where these are meaningful
- get the best use of scarce resources and finance.
Socitm has formed relationships with a number of like-minded professional associations based in other countries.
Together with these associations, Socitm is a member of the Linked Organisation of Local Authority ICT Societies (LOLA).
Socitm and its members regularly contribute to Major Cities of Europe IT Users Group conferences, workshops and knowledge products.
Socitm is also a contributor with V-ict-or to Citadel on the Move, a European Commission-funded project. It unites leading local government organisations with Living Lab experts, specialist technology researchers and expert SMEs, to harness the power of user-driven, open systems to develop citizen-generated ‘smart city’ mobile applications that can be used and shared in any European city – large or small.
Linked Organisation of Local Authority ICT Societies - LOLA
LOLA is a loose grouping of Associations that share common values which include:
- Delivering public services
- Being publically accountable
- Managing ICT;
- Sharing experiences - good and bad
- Sharing best practice
- Avoiding re-inventing the wheel
- Third sector contributions.
Municipal Association of Victoria Technology (MAV Technology)
V-ICT-OR - The Flemish public sector ICT organisation
Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA)
De Vereniging van Informatievoorziening en Automatisering in Nederlandse Gemeenten (VIAG)
Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM)
Kommunal IT-Samverkan (KommITS)
United States of America
Government Management Information Sciences (GMIS)