The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.
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 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 Digital Service has launched a service toolkit that aims to be a one stop shop for service design resources.
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.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is seeking a head of digital services to lead an expansion of the agency’s digital capability.
The government’s timeline for implementing plans to digitise record keeping and reporting of tax is “wholly unrealistic” and should be delayed until at least 2019-20, the House of Commons Treasury Committee has said.
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.
Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee have called on the government to explain why the digital strategy “continues to be a work-in-progress” almost a year after it was first due.
Civica CEO Wayne Story says company remains in ‘middle tier’ of suppliers as it launches new digital division
Civica is large enough to take on big transformation government projects but small enough to be seen as “part of the team”, chief executive Wayne Story has said at the launch of its dedicated digital division.
Government digital teams need to make more use of technical writers to help technology teams and allow others to concentrate on transformation, a Government Digital Service staffer has said.
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.
The Joint Committee on National Cyber Security Strategy has launched an inquiry to assess how prepared the government is for cyber attacks and how it can build resilience.
The prime minister Theresa May has announced plans to improve online advice and information on mental health and increase the use of digitally assisted therapies.
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.
Councils could make more effective use of their data if they ensure the people working on data protection also play a part in exploitation of that information, Geoff Connell, head of information management at Norfolk County Council, has said.
All civil servants involved in creating government services should be thinking about the whole process, not just their part of it, according to digital experts in Whitehall.
The cross-government network for civil servants specialising in procurement is recruiting for a number of senior digital and technology roles for people, including the position of commercial director of IT for HMRC.
The Labour party has launched a consultation on its plans for a “people-centric” industrial strategy that it said would support workers in an era of rapid technological change.