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WRITTEN ON Thursday, December 8th, 2011 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Uncategorized

IdealGov started in 2004 to talk through the gap between the reality of government IT and smart people’s aspirations of what it could be like. It was a fun conversation, many interesting people listened and took part, but government IT got steadily worse. The archive is there to read (maybe I shd get it bound […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, December 5th, 2011 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Uncategorized

Here’s a note I sent Francis Maude’s office after a Cabinet Office “Industry User Panel” meeting at 70 Whitehall on 28 July. Open data is good The government’s “Open data” agenda, from the “Power of Information” through data.gov.uk to Linked data is an acknowledged success politically and economically. The government is right to seek to […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, July 28th, 2011 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Uncategorized

Over at Mydex we asked ourselves the question: what current government initiatives would be transformed by the emergence of a new personal data ecosystem? We’ve tried to list as many relevant initiatives as we could. But there are undoubtedly more: do please add names/links in comments. For some the introduction of structured user participation, with […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, July 21st, 2011 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Uncategorized

For some weeks we’ve been hearing further around the Public Data Corporation idea: for commercial partnerships to monetise new categories of government data sets, and a possible expo to sell public data this autumn. Sir Bonar even dictated some Tweets on the matter to his ever-efficient secretary Patricia. This matter prompts more thoughts, after I […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, January 10th, 2011 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Policies, Uncategorized, What do we want?

It’s good to see Ian Hargreaves setting out on his independent review of IP with a blog. The focus of my review is to identify any ways in which this IP system may be inhibiting innovation and economic growth, perhaps by making it harder for young internet companies to develop new products and services in […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, November 25th, 2010 BY Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom GCMG KCVO AND STORED IN Uncategorized

Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom addresses an invited audience at the Institute for Government on the occasion of the launch of the publication “The Twitters of Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom”. He spoke about the G-Cloud and the proposed Government Apps Store. Sir Bonar is accompanied by his secretary Patricia.


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 BY Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom GCMG KCVO AND STORED IN Uncategorized

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY MY LORDS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN what a delight to see you all. My name is Bonar Neville-Kingdom and it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Institute for Government for the launch of our new ethnographic study into how government is adapting to the Internet age.


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, November 21st, 2010 BY Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom GCMG KCVO AND STORED IN Uncategorized

The British civil service has taken to social networking like a duck to water, a new book to be launched this week proves. In another world first for British public-sector ICT, Permanent Secretary at Large Sir Bonar-Neville-Kingdom has allowed a year’s worth of his office’s output to the social networking site Twitter to be published […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Uncategorized

A rational approach to personal-data logistics in education would not simply rely on centrally held databses. It would also build on the individual’s personal portable education record. Like other services, education needs an online bridge between the individual and the service provider. But to date we’ve only built the organisation’s end of the bridge. The […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, August 5th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Uncategorized

Tomorrow 6 Aug sees the shutting down of the ill-advised ContactPoint database. Why was it such a dumb idea? Because you dont need a database of 12m children to focus on the relatively small number of children at real risk. Because you can’t keep the data on a huge database which is accessible to hundreds […]


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