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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... collected payments, a simple interface could be built which delivers this function and which can then be plugged into other systems to securely share data as appropriate. The same could be offered for ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... they have taken. Each of them will have an entire eco-system of applications, websites, systems, databases, bridges, processes and hacks which work for them but which no-one else would go near. Many of ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... up to the job. This would also give significant data to be analysed and assessed ahead of this rolling out to national and other elections. Secondly, no party should be able to put forward a candidate ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... government during the previous decade – the Audit Commission. This major QUANGO required huge amounts of data collation, analysis and presentation, powering whole departments of statisticians across the ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ““Local authorities could save up to £10billion by 2020 through smarter and more collaborative use of technology and data.” Quite the eye catching headline from a new Policy Exchange.” PX have used this ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a need for more open data, the need for some sort of software or the need for GDS (or its local government equivalent – more on that another day…). The way these things are set up means that the conversation ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... my current work helping redevelop council websites, to open data to blogging, to engagement, to getting kids coding, to supporting national work-based social networks, to the public perception of the sector, ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... working, or call people in for a check-up based on their data. The trouble is, the only people buying these and using them in the way intended are those who already have a more than passing interest in ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... £1.2bn. Instead they increased their total reserves by £2.3bn to £23.7bn in the 12 months to last April, according to data from the DCLG. Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “Local authorities should ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... has admitted that six of its elected members have not paid their council tax for three years. The six, who cannot be identified due to the Data Protection Act, have fallen behind with their payments since ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to half a dozen discussions at the same time each looking at different things. Admittedly, most of the ones I saw had something of a tech focus, from a couple of open data discussions to FutureGov and ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

In case you hadn’t heard, Saturday 21 June saw the fifth sort-of-annual occurrence of the awesomeness that is LocalGovCamp. Not sure what it is? Take a look here to get the lowdown, and while you’re there ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... standard or standards involved anywhere. Open data is something which local government is getting better at all the time, with not only more datasets than ever before being made available but also the ...

The K-Hub is dead; long live the K-Hub?

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Hub to import into the new system, and the user data too. Otherwise, starting from scratch will most likely make life extremely difficult. So, I’d like some help. The best form is probably in expressions ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of S151 Officers being seen in airports, Data Records Managers getting out of taxis and friends of friends of Heads of Adult Social Care circulating speculative rumours. Agents – the ‘in-demand’ local ...

19 things I learnt at the Public Sector Show 2013

Created on 30 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

...  Everyone really does wear a suit; I’ve never seen so many suits in one place “Without good quality data it is difficult to do…” (insert title of whatever presentation was being delivered; the universal ...

Excuses, excuses

Created on 21 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... some data from xxxx (blame falls downwards)  ...

Bingo!

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... back, members of our team used the phrase “knock the data monkey out of the tree.” No one questioned it for a second. I also regularly block out free time on my diary using “TLA Meeting” (three letter ...