12-01-2017 - Labels: News - Comments: 0
Each year GMIS International continues to foster its International partnerships in LOLA, the Linked Organizations of Local Authorities by attending the International LOLA conference, this year sponsored by our friends in the UK through SOCITM.
This year’s conference was attended by three GMIS Members. Justin Heyman, GMIS International President, Jessica Middleton, Alabama GMIS, and me. This year’s meeting was quite busy, and very productive returning a great deal of value to GMIS International members.
During the LOLA meetings we were able to hear updates from all our sister organizations, with much synergy around data collection, security, accreditation and measurement efforts being sponsored by each association. Several were undergoing web site updates and redesigns, and several were insourcing management of their organizations while others were going through outsourcing efforts.
Eddy Van der Stock announced that LOLA has been awarded 80,000 Euros from the European Union to fund a training program focused on Open Data for the Public Sector, with materials due in May 2017 (waiting on Greece). This project will provide expanded benefit to GMIS International Members in free training as the program is developed.
LOLA also discussed promoting a web site platform based on Ruby on Rails, which would become a hosting solution and platform for members to utilize for web hosting needs. Examples can be seen at lokeren.be.
ALGIM, our sister association in New Zealand presented the ALGIM Linked Toolkit - which is a data integration platform which may be made available to other LOLA members as the product matures.
Our friends from KOMMITS (Sweden) brought forward news that they had met with members of IAIS which is our equivalent organization in Japan! LOLA member voted to extend an invitation to IAIS to join our community, and would grow LOLA to nine member countries!!
LOLA will also be rolling out an International Awards Program where member associations would feed annual awards into LOLA for consideration for the International LOLA awards. This is expected to debut during the LOLA conference hosted in Windsor, Canada during the MISA conference next June. For any GMIS members who may be interested in attending the MISA / LOLA conference please let me know and will be happy to provide additional information.
The 2018 LOLA conference will be hosted by MAV (Municipal Association of Victoria, Australia), date to be announced, with the 2019 conference in Sweden.
The LOLA website is about to get a refresh to include the following:
A list of presentations from the conference can be found at: www.socitmconference.com/presentations. As always it was a pleasure representing GMIS International during the annual LOLA conference, strengthening bonds, and expanding the resources available to all our members.
GMIS International Director
Public sector workers worldwide are facing new and sometimes opposing expectations when it comes to Open Data. Despite efforts to streamline Open Data policies, it often remains unclear when data can truly be considered open, how to deal with technical and legal issues, etc.
LOLA is strongly committed to helping the public sector to develop digital skills, including those required to build a successful Open Data strategy. Therefore, LOLA is launching the ODEdu project. This project will provide a unique training programme for civil servants, business leaders and academics alike. Starting in 2017, LOLA Members will have access to the most advanced problem-bases-learning materials to date, developed by 7 experts from 5 European countries, all leaders in the field of Open Data and education.
10-10-2016 - Labels: News - Comments: 0
Have you heard of a ‘blockchain’? It is the powerful enabling technology behind Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that enjoys a less than enviable reputation. But that does not mean we shouldn’t take blockchains seriously. On the contrary, it has big implications for the authority and reach of government and for others who make a living by being an authoritative intermediary to transactions. The opportunities for those who are envisaging new digitally-enabled policies, policy instruments and public services operating models just got enormously bigger.
Blockchain technology is a step in the evolution of the digital information economy. It could be enormously disruptive to many existing public and private sector business models and greatly encourage innovation. As did the internet, the World Wide Web and free/open source software, blockchains bring a potential shift in power away from historic control centres and out towards services users. That matters.
So what to do? For now, Socitm members should watch this space: look and learn, maybe experiment a little. It’s early days, but things move quickly. It may not be long before it is appropriate to include blockchain concepts and technologies in existing service redesign exercises or, more likely, in wholesale new policy instrument design.
Socitm Insight Programme
Andy Hopkirk Tel: 01604 709456 E-mail: email@example.com
02-09-2016 - Labels: News - Comments: 0
The United Nations E-Government Survey presents a systematic assessment of the use and potential of information and communication technologies to transform the public sector by enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, access to public services and citizen participation in the 193 Member States of the United Nations, and at all levels of development.
The 2016 E-Government Survey is issued at the moment when countries are launching the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides new evidence and new analysis to reflect on the potential of e-government to support the implementation of the Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are at its core. The 2030 Agenda itself recognized that “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation across areas as diverse as medicine and energy” (United Nations, 2015, paragraph 15).
The General Assembly has recognized on several occasions the role of information and communications technology in promoting sustainable development and supporting public policies and service delivery.1 It has underscored that ICT have enabled breakthroughs “in Government and the provision of public services, education, healthcare and employment, as well as in business, agriculture and science, with greater numbers of people having access to services and data that might previously been out of reach or unaffordable” (United Nations, 2015c, para 16). The General Assembly has also specifically affirmed the “potential of e-government in promoting transparency, accountability, efficiency and citizen engagement in public service delivery” (United Nations 2015b). Resolutions adopted earlier by the General Assembly also provided the basis for the Survey.
(Source: United Nations)
25-09-2015 - Labels: News - Comments: 0
Socitm, the representative body for public ICT professionals has launched a new online network to help raise the profile of women in the sector.
The new network, Socitm Women in IT, hosted on the Knowledge Hub platform, is being unveiled at an event today, which will hear from a range of prominent female speakers in ICT.
It is aimed at increasing the visibility of women in public sector digital posts and provides a forum for discussion and support.
Socitm president Nadira Hussein has initiated the network, after making increasing the visibility of women in the profession a key plank of her year at the helm of the organisation.
Hussein, who is One Oracle programme manager at oneSource, the shared service created by London boroughs of Newham and Havering, told PublicTechnology: “Workforce representation and involvement are predominant within the ICTsector. Some of the challenges we face include retaining women, as well as longer term issues including the recruitment process and promoting women into senior roles.”
The network, which already has 33 members, would be open to both public and private sector members, but will focus on addressing issues relevant to the public sector. It will also be open to ICT staff from outside the UK to address global issues, she said.
Hussein said: “The ICT sector felt a bit like a boys club when I joined, and it has been a personal mission to change that.”
Research published last month by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT and the Tech Partnership, found that just one in ten ICT directors are women and that only 17% of the 1.18m ICT specialists working in the UK in 2014 were women - compared with a figure of 47% for the workforce as a whole.
Hussein said the shape of the network would be shaped by members, and that she would be looking for volunteers to act as a steering committee.
In addition, she has also commissioned a piece of research to examine the scale and make-up of the female workforce within public sector ICT departments.
Separately, said she was working on plans for a leadership programme specifically aimed at women and devising a work experience scheme to give teenagers a taste of the industry.
Speakers at today’s launch event include Chi Onwurah, the new shadow minister for the digital economy, Zena Cooke corporate director of resources at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Jackie Hudson, transition director for the Shared ICT Service of the tri-borough partnership of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster councils, and Christine Peacock, assistant director for corporate ICT at the London Borough of Hackney.
You can visit and join the Socitm Women in IT network at khub.net/web/socitm-women
18-09-2015 - Labels: News - Comments: 0
After Citadel on the Move our friends form Corve are now leading a new project around open data and transport - OpenTransportNet
OpenTransportNet is an EU funded project and currently in development phase.
It's designed to revolutionise the way transport related services are created across Europe. By bringing together open geo-spatial data within City Data Hubs and enabling it to be viewed in new easy to understand ways, OpenTransportNet will enable:
- Anyone to have fun with data, by viewing data mash-up's in maps and graphs and be able to use and embed these maps in their own websites
- Public Sector users to gain insights from linking and visualising different data sets and be able to make better public service decisions based on the findings
- Businesses and entrepreneurs to use the data to enhance existing services and build new transport-related services
- The wider open community to benefit from the project outputs and findings to advance geospatial data standards such as INSPIRE
You can find more info on the website http://www.opentransportnet.eu
As part of the project we have developed a short 5 minute questionnaire (available in 3 languages) to survey transport managers about their use of geospatial information and I kindly ask either yourself or - if not relevant to you - one of your colleagues to complete. We are also in need of transport contacts in municipalities and any contact you can share would be very much appreciated.
17-09-2015 - Labels: News - Comments: 0
The ISA programme of the European Commission has recently published more than 20 eGovernment solutions for public administrations.
The solutions are available free of charge, and many of them are open source. They can be implemented by any interested Public administration at European, national, regional or even local level. Further solutions will become available soon.
They cover areas such as
In addition to developing own solutions, the ISA programme also promotes the re-use of solutions that are already successfully operational in administrations across Europe. This is done through its collaborative platform joinup.
The ISA programme supports interoperability, sharing and re-use between public administrations in Europe.
07-08-2015 - Labels: Projects - Comments: 0
By using the platform, ordinary citizens can become app developers, creating apps to find cinemas, parks, private galleries and even a user's favourite tree. In total, citizens in more than 125 cities in 63 countries used Citadel's platform to implement their ideas. The project supported cities in making Open Data, such as the location of services and facilities, accessible to junior app developers. You can take junior quite literally: among the youngest developers were an eight and a nine year old whose app @Me-on-the-Move received a Global Entrepreneur Award.
As Open Data and citizen-driven approaches to city development have become increasingly popular, I would like to share some of the lessons learned of the Citadel project in the hope that they might help other Open Data and Smart Cities projects to draw inspiration from the success of Citadel.
1) A good mix of stakeholders makes your project more likely to succeed. Involve as many groups of citizens as possible. Programmers, teachers, students, pensioners, entrepreneurs – even though some of them might lack the technical skills, they all have ideas on what kind of services they really need in their city.
2) Use a targeted approach to engage different groups of citizens. Offer workshops and tutorials for citizens without coding skills. Organise competitions for the more tech-savvy ones. Showcase what others have developed to a wider audience.
3) Help data providers and data users meet. Organise events where data providers and data users can discuss their expectations and technical details, such as the preferred data format.
Following these recommendations is no guarantee for success, but they proved beneficial in many of the Citadel partner cities. So don't hesitate to use Open Data and let citizens co-create the future of their cities.
13-06-2015 - Labels: Projects - Comments: 0
Apps For Europe, the European project that stimulates businesses working with open data, in which V-ICT-OR and LOLA are partners, is coming to its close. However, app developers should not despair! More initiatives are under way to support and stimulate innovative applications of open data. Specifically, Apps For Europe is joining forces with the ODINE (http://www.opendataincubator.eu/) and Finodex (http://www.finodex-project.eu/) projects to provide new opportunities, funding and support. If you're a European SME and you think you have an innovative business idea that qualifies, there's no time to lose:
15-04-2015 - Labels: Projects - Comments: 0
Through this brief webinar Mr. van der Waal will share with the audience how the Flemish ICT organisation V-ICT-OR developed with the Flemish municipalities an Open Standard model for the use of authentic Belgium and Flemish registers with the enrichment of data which is needed in local government. Besides a theoretical model started in November 2014, the implementation and integration with the Flemish government solutions have taken place. Now, a good environment of work have been created for local municipalities.