Council digital teams - have we stopped innovating?
- 2017-10-05, 16:15:41
Way back in November 2013, as part of the project to improve Birmingham City Council's website I was leading on, I wrote a blog post speculating on a few ideas which might be coming up in the Local Government digital sector in the coming year; at the time of writing I didn't expect I'd be likely to be implementing any of the ideas myself, because at that point my project was principally an information architecture and content strategy project, we weren't at that point expecting to be in a position to improve the underlying technology behind the site. So these things which I predicted somebody else might do were:
- Open data,
- ‘The Internet of Things’,
- Responsive Design,
- Crowdsourced content, and
- Real time information
So when recently I was copying the old blog posts from the site for that project into this site, that original post caught my eye – in the sense that I was moderately surprised that[...]In group Public / Third Sector Digital
Wuthering Bytes – A Festival of Technology in the heart of the Pennines
- 2015-09-30, 17:12:37
I went to the Wednesday session of Wuthering Bytes, which was called Tomorrow’s People, exploring the future of public service provision and how councils, SMEs and individuals can work together. It was quite a departure from the usual local government technology events I tend to go to in that the topics were more of parallel relevance to my usual job rather than of direct relevance – but that said it was still of use for me to take back to work tomorrow, especially the talk about Open Source Circular Economy Days. It was also an good reminder to those of us who’ve become accustomed to the unconference / Open Space Technology format of events that it’s not the format of the event which makes it good or bad, it’s the quality people who turn up to speak at it.
I’ve not written a prose account of the day, instead, here are my bullet-point[...]In group Public / Third Sector Digital