Graham Kemp of SAS UK looks at how the government can improve communication with the nation - and as a result, the quality of its data
In the private sector, a successful approach to customer communication can make all the difference between an organisation that sinks, and one that swims. And, while the UK government doesn't necessarily have products to push, it certainly has people to please.
A crowdsourcing initiative in Zambia is looking to tap into the power of social-networking to quite literally put African inovation on the map.
BomgoHive Zambia uses the online mapping platform Ushahidi to build up a picture of the fast-growing network of technology innovation and entrepreneurship centres across Africa.
The dynamic, user-generated, on-line map shows just how many tech business incubation hubs have been set up around the continent.
Two revolutionary mobile applications, which make use of public data to help detect, prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, have won a competition in the US - in a move that hopes to inspire others to develop similar tools.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) launched a competition for developers last year asking them to submit applications that can help both patients and clinicians in the ‘cancer control continuum’.
A quarter of a century after it was first envisaged, the BBC’s 1980s Domesday Project has been made into a new interactive exhibit.
A vast multimedia archive of life in the 1980s as seen by the public has been reinvented in the form of an interactive touchtable, now on display at the The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.
The innovative Touchtable, currently only one of three such devices in
'Nudge' approaches to public policy that involve understanding and influencing peopleís behaviour could save thousands of lives and millions of pounds.
The claim comes in the first annual report of the government's Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).
More public data should be made available so that developers can use it to produce apps, websites and other ways of presenting information, as publishing more data would allow developers to create new ways for the public sector to reach citizens at little cost to the organisations themselves.
This is the view of a panel of public sector experts at a recent round table debate held by hosting specialist UKFast.
"The glimmer of hope that I see for the public sector is that more areas seem to be publishing data, such as the police's c
Legislators and public service providers are under increasing pressure from online consumer groups.

The first e-petitions have come in - and, as many feared, the hang 'em and flog 'em brigade have scored their first successes.

The list as just published by the government - and which will have to be voted on by MPs if they crack the 100,000 barrier - is headed by a call for a return of the death penalty, with 40 out of the first 168 calling for it.


The Government has today launched its latest crowdsourcing exercise, this time one that aims to cut some of the 21,000 rules getting in the way of the public, businesses, and community organisations.