A GDS approach to internal systems? Please?

The Government Digital Service is the UK government’s solution to the issue of ensuring that government services are accessible and usable for citizens online. Quite rightly they have received plaudits for their approach to service design and delivery. This is set out in the service standard, a list of 26 criteria that digital services should […]

Link roundup

I find this stuff so you don’t have to: An Open Letter to Software Suppliers – 13 Ways to Help the Public Sector to the Cloud – @copley_rich Why the obsession with “coding” misses the point – from @jjn1 “Whatsapp and $19bn” – great writeup Love this: “How To Create A Self-Paced Email Course” Why […]

Link roundup

I find this stuff so you don’t have to: The Ed Techie: You can stop worrying about MOOCs now Edtech startups have great products. Their sales? Not so great | PandoDaily Pull out and keep – Your guide to UK gov IT failures – Public Sector IT The Python Tutorial — Python v2.7.5 documentation Think […]

What I’ve been reading

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Exploring how digital technology can support young people to engage socially and economically in their communities : Tim’s Blog – Tim is "launching an open research project to find key messages for youth-focussed digital innovation" A manifesto for teaching computer science in the 21st century […]

Clouds v cartels

Interesting article by the erstwhile US government CIO Vivek Kundra, in the New York Times: AS the global economy struggles through a slow and painful recovery, governments around the world are wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary information technology. This problem has worsened in recent years because of what I call the “I.T. cartel.” This […]

What I’ve been reading

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. We the People | The White House – E-petitions, White House style How to create sustainable open data projects with purpose – Nice article from MySociety's Tom Steinberg. One in six IT projects is a ‘ticking timebomb’ – University of Oxford – "A surprisingly high […]

Government IT costs – the bloggers’ view

Once again, the quality commentary on the latest reports into government IT spending is coming from blogs. Simon Dickson: The real story, such as it is, is the Committee’s apparent recognition that the current process – reliant on a small number of large suppliers being given over-spec’ed, over-detailed, over-sized and over-priced projects – is the […]

What I’ve been reading

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Generating QR codes using PHP and the Goo.gl API – Lovely little guide from Stuart Harrison (@pezholio). Numberhood – Interesting looking local open data app. Online Government Services and the Offline Older Generation : Fujitsu United Kingdom – Interesting research Therefore it’s unacceptable… – "The […]