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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Ideal government IT strategy, Save Time and Money, We told you so...

Like a contented snore from a prolonged snooze, here’s a quick and now rare post to acknowledge the new GDS design principles: 1 Start with needs* 2 Do less 3 Design with data 4 Do the hard work to make it simple 5 Iterate. Then iterate again. 6 Build for inclusion 7 Understand context 8 […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Save Time and Money

Government IT procurement has been far from ideal. So this today from Francis Maude looks encouraging “You will all have experienced procurements that seemed to go on forever, cost millions of pounds and took countless hours of your employees’ time and energy. I know how frustrating this can be and I can promise you here […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, October 14th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Data nitwittery, Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Save Time and Money

More or less the first post on IdealGov over six years ago was on Finland’s register-based census. But now, thanks to all sorts of developments not least this week’s Mydex launch, we can see how the UK in 2012 2011 could do better than the Finns a decade earlier. The non-ideal 2012 [correction: 2011] Census […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, September 27th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Identity, Save Time and Money

Mydex‘ new White Paper out today has a section at the back that sets out the implications of personal data stores such as Mydex for public sector services, identifiers, personalisation and security. The text of that section is below. You can download the whole Mydex White Paper here.


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Identity, Save Time and Money

Does it matter that the Coalition hasn’t published a post-ID-Scheme identity policy yet? I dont think so. It’s no more helpful to obsess about identity than to obsess about privacy. These things are important, but the overriding Coalition priority is to save money. Happily, the urge to save money will usher in the right identity […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, August 8th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Power of Information, Save Time and Money, We told you so...

The closure of ContactPoint and the onset of the Databankendämmerung is – let’s say it again – cause for celebration. It’s also cause for congratulation to those who campaigned long and hard, with negligeable resources, against the brick wall of prevailing wisdom to get rid of it. That’s not to say the underlying problems ContactPoint […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, May 20th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Policies, Save Time and Money

As well as the good stuff on civil liberties noted below, the governing coalition’s Progamme for Government (pdf download) has this on government IT procurement: We will take steps to open up government procurement and reduce costs; and we will publish government ICT contracts online. We will create a level playing field for opensource software […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, February 27th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Ideal government IT strategy, Save Time and Money

I dont get this. The 2011 Census will adopt a similar processing strategy to that used in the 2001 Census. But this is a £500m deal. And it’s 10 years on. Shouldn’t things have changed more than this? The Times reported The ONS has already formed a working group to investigate alternatives to the census. […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Save Time and Money, What do we want?

Cripes. HM’s Loyal Opposition has announced – if elected – a £1m prize for an online platform for large-scale crowdsourcing. This almost comes onto the radar of big IT suppliers. It’s massive for smart little NGOs; it would have funded about a decade of early MySociety work. I got it in an email (extract below). […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, December 18th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Across the Board, Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Ideal Goverment - project, Ideal government IT strategy, Identity, Pertinent Art, Policies, Political engagement, Power of Information, Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, We told you so...

It’s time to say what we want from government IT. Let’s do this together. Let’s say “wouldn’t it be better if” about how tech affects transparency, costs and the quality of public services and how they affect our lives. @ntouk and I have long since been fed up with what one senior Whitehall official yesterday […]


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