Budget constraints and practicalities might prevent councils from making large-scale changes to their IT systems. But, says Richard Whomes, even the smallest steps to modernisation can make a big impact.
The government’s industrial strategy has emphasised the importance of data-sharing by Whitehall, as well as a push to improve digital skills training and boost funding for technologies like robotics and 5G.
Mark O’Neill, one of the founders of the Government Digital Service, has been appointed chief digital officer at the Department for Education.
The Government Digital Service has said that making register data too dependent on software implantation has made registers “unnecessarily complex to use”, and has introduced a new format to tackle the problem.
The Public Services Network adds unnecessary complications to providing digital services and will be abandoned, according to the Government Digital Service.
The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.
Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.
Regional NHS bodies could soon be asked to collect patient information to create a ‘data-lake’ for use at a national level, according to an NHS England consultation document.
The UK’s tax authority is this month launching a trial for customers to use voice ID to speed up security steps.
The increased status of data scientists in government means analysis can no longer be seen as the “preserve of a policy elite”, John Manzoni, the chief executive of the civil service has said.
The government has acknowledged that it could do more to support the development of robotics and autonomous systems and artificial intelligence - but has stopped short of establishing a robotics leadership council.
Idriss Mekrez, chief technology officer for the public sector at MarkLogic, sets out the potential geospatial mapping has for the public sector.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is seeking a head of digital services to lead an expansion of the agency’s digital capability.
An attack on the IT systems at Barts Health Trust last week has been blamed on Trojan malware, not ransomware as initial reports suggested.
The pros of pasting passwords far outweigh the cons and organisations should stop preventing people from doing so, the National Cyber Security Centre.
Governments need to stop relying on outsourcing and make sure they have competent public servants who can deal with technology, the former leader of the Australia’s Digital Transformation Office has said.
The Scottish government is recruiting for a director to expand its digital public services accelerator scheme CivTech, at a salary of around £68,000.
The Socitm Better Connected survey has revealed that more than half of English county councils are not providing a good online service to help people sign up for e-resources.
‘The skill set for any CIO is the same’: Socitm president Geoff Connell on moving from borough to county
Geoff Connell took up his role of CIO at Norfolk County Council in August last year. Rebecca Hill asks him how he found the change from the London Borough of Newham, and finds out what’s on his to-do list.
Traditional recruitment methods are often not “proactive or productive enough” to attract the right candidates and need to be revised, a recruitment advisor at the Government Digital Service has said.
Whitehall needs to make better use of machine learning to make sense of the deluge of information generated by greater online participation, the digital strategy manager at the Department of Health has said.
A third of UK council websites have not passed the first stage of Socitm’s annual test to assess their accessibility to people with disabilities.