Sunday, 7 February 2016

LocalGov Digital by Default Standard Day

On Friday I helped run a day of workshops and talks at the Government Digital Service (GDS). Firstly I'd like to thank Zuz Kopeka, Olivia Neal and everyone at GDS for their time both organising the event and on the day itself.

It was a follow up to attending a Digital by Default Assessment back in October and I wanted to see what appetite there was to use the Standard, or a version of it in local government. The answer it seems, is a lot. For example twice as many people expressed an interest in coming as we had space for and we had attendees from Cornwall to Gateshead, and Liverpool to Canterbury turn up all taking a day out of their busy schedule.

This is testament not to the pull of LocalGov Digital, but both the respect for GDS that is held in local government and the fact that there's a real grass roots desire to collaborate amongst many digital teams working in councils.

I put together a Storify on what people tweeted about the event, and the positive attitude of all confirmed to me that local government digital teams really need some full time resource to help them collaborate, because if I can put this together in my evenings and weekends, think how much more could be done by a small team working full time.

So for me the short answer to could this work in local government is yes, and over the next few weeks I and others will be both creating a standard for councils to sign up to and pulling together the work done on the day to make the case for it. If you work for a council digital team and haven't yet got involved then please do, and together lets create a common approach for delivering better, cheaper, user centred local digital services.
This blog is written by Phil Rumens, Vice-Chair of LocalGov Digital, lead for LGMakers and who manages the digital services team at a local authority in England.

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