Inside DWP’s digital coronavirus response – APIs, reuse and micro-services
In the face of huge demand for its services, the DWP was able to call on a library of reusable tools, the department’s integration lead Jacqui Leggetter tells PublicTechnology
NHS collates data from symptom-tracker apps
NHSX works with jHub to gather and analyse information collected by third-party software
‘We need your data’ – how the ONS is mobilising the power of information in the fight against coronavirus
As the UK enters its ninth week of lockdown, interim deputy national statistician Frankie Kay...
Government Digital Service’s new Whitechapel home revealed
The Government Digital Service has pre-let the top two floors of a new development in London’s Whitechapel, at a rental cost of £2.8m a year.
Nesta issues innovation and technology to-do list for Scottish cities
Scotland’s cities could improve “significantly” on the way they use technology and innovation to drive growth, a report from the CITIE partnership has said.
Councils urged to work together to challenge big vendors
Local government digital officers have said that councils need to be more honest about poor products from big suppliers and work together to demand change.
GDS says service assurance discovery will report soon
The Government Digital Service has set up an advice and assurance community to discuss issues about digital standards, as it comes to the end of a discovery project on service standards assessment.
GLA’s tech team warns of ‘perfect election storm’
The government has been urged to reconsider plans that would see the 2020 general election being held on the same day as the London elections.
Open and shut case: Should digital government be using open standards, open source or low-code?
Jane Roberts strategy director at Toplevel and asks whether more clarity is needed to stop departments from tying themselves in knots over what kind of ‘open’ to use.
Surrey NHS trust launches Internet of Things trial for improving dementia care
Surrey and Borders Partners NHS Trust has launched a £5m trial of Internet of Things technologies to improve healthcare for people with dementia.
Local digital standard will need work to become a reality, conference told
Councils must not let the local government Digital Service Standard become another set of principles that "gets shoved in a drawer” and isn’t made a reality, a conference has heard.
Informed, inspired care: Lessons from Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Health and Care’s Gary James explains how the county’s new integrated Care Portal system aims to transform healthcare for an ageing and widely dispersed population.
ICT chief: Pace of change and poor leadership hampering councils' digitisation
Local government is struggling to keep up with the pace of change in technologies and true digitisation is at risk of being held back by poor leadership, according to Tower Hamlet’s head of ICT.
Scottish councils name joint digital and tech chiefs to kick-start digital transformation
Twenty-seven Scottish councils have appointed joint chief digital and technology officers to help implement their digital transformation strategy.
Microsoft’s UK data centre signals a turning point for public sector cloud compting
Mark Skilton of Warwick Business School says that the opening of Microsoft’s three UK data centres marks another step on the road to full public sector adoption of cloud computing in the country.
Treasury launches pensions dashboard pilot
The government has said it intends to have a prototype pensions dashboard by March 2017, and that it will consider regulating companies if they don’t volunteer to participate.
DCLG offers up to £118,000 for technology chief to 'reset' approach to tech
The Department for Communities and Local Government is looking to recruit a senior official to overhaul its approach to technology as it moves ahead with its push for savings after last year’s Spending Review.
Scottish digital industry body urges action on negative impact of Brexit
The Scottish digital industry trade body ScotlandIS has called for “decisive action” by the Scottish and UK governments to limit the negative impact of leaving the EU.
The Pokemon Go effect: How councils are tapping into augmented and virtual reality
Sooraj Shah looks at the benefits of AR and VR, and asks whether councils should be spending taxpayers’ money on the emerging technologies so soon.
Labour’s Corbyn pledges to ‘democratise the internet’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched a manifesto for digital democracy across the UK, mooting online voting and a single, secure identity for people to access public services.
GDS technology group presses departments to work together
The government’s Common Technology Services has urged civil servants to join technology communities, promising them greater influence in decision-making, in a move to boost collaboration.
Blue light services told to increase procurement collaboration
The government has urged police, fire and rescue forces to boost collaboration on procurement as data published yesterday shows more could be done to cut costs.
Healthcare IT: How to manage a mammoth network
Joe Kim, chief technology officer at IT monitoring and management tools developer SolarWinds, looks at the scale of the problem faced by healthcare organisers handling ever-increasing amounts of data and offers five ways they can tackle it.
GDS finalises new rules for government digital projects
The Government Digital Service has published a revised version of the Technology Code of Practice that departments must use when designing, building or buying digital services.