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UK — Digital and technology skills matrix

February 27, 2015 Comments off

Digital and technology skills matrix
Source: Cabinet Office

This spreadsheet will help digital and technology specialists identify the skills that:

  • they need to work effectively in a digital environment
  • are needed by their organisation to complete a project or maintain a service
  • they want to develop

Any given role in an organisation will use skills from several of the skills groups, so users should choose the groups which are most relevant for their needs.

Each skills group is given a separate tab listing skills for that area of expertise, along with some helpful resources.

The matrix is also available in manual format as the Digital and technology skills reference guide.

UK — Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

February 24, 2015 Comments off

Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020
Source: Department of Health, Cabinet Office and Prime Minister’s Office

It sets out what this government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be:

+ the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and
+ the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

It also highlights the progress to date on improving dementia care, support and research.

UK — Emerging technologies: big data

February 18, 2015 Comments off

Emerging technologies: big data
Source: Cabinet Office

In this paper, ‘big data’ refers to:

  • large volumes of data with high level of complexity
  • the analysis used for the data that requires more advanced techniques and technologies to gain meaningful information and insights in real time

The main trends include:

  • the emergence of cloud computing
  • new software tools and database systems for large, unstructured datasets,
  • refining analytical tools so that they can process vast quantities of data in near-real time
  • monetisation of big data sources
  • concerns around privacy of data and intellectual property
  • the rise of global smart cities

UK — Research and analysis: Report on small firms 2010 to 2015 by Lord Young

February 12, 2015 Comments off

Research and analysis: Report on small firms 2010 to 2015 by Lord Young
Source: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

There are now a record number of small firms in the UK, 5.2 million, an increase of 760,000 since 2010, and a record number of people in work.

It finds that our changing relationship with the internet has brought down barriers to help people turn good ideas into viable businesses. The government has rolled out super-fast broadband to over 2 million UK homes and businesses. The increasing use of tablets and smartphones providing mobile internet access has made it easier for business owners to reach their customers and make sales.

The report charts a culture change; more people are choosing to be their own boss because of conviction in their own ideas. It also covers enterprise in education, changing public procurement, finance models and support for businesses, and includes case studies.

It also outlines how government policies providing more support for small firms and new enterprises have helped change the business environment over the past 5 years.

UK — Public sector telecommunications and digital infrastructure maps

February 9, 2015 Comments off

Public sector telecommunications and digital infrastructure maps
Source: Cabinet Office

This report provides interim maps and data for the UK public sector telecommunications and digital infrastructure.

UK — Securing technology at the OFFICIAL classification

January 28, 2015 Comments off

Securing technology at the OFFICIAL classification
Source: Cabinet Office and CESG

The OFFICIAL classification is used to manage the majority of information that is created or processed by the public sector. This includes routine information about business operations and services, some of which could have damaging consequences if lost or stolen.

Security at OFFICIAL is achieved through commercial good practice, using commodity technologies and people taking personal responsibility and using their judgement actively. Government-wide security standards are met through meeting clearly defined outcomes and working within common frameworks rather than applying prescriptive controls. The Government Security Policy Framework describes government’s overall approach to protective security.

Whilst technology risks must always be effectively managed, there are opportunities for organisations to develop innovative solutions and use modern, commodity technologies and tools. Security should always considered when making decisions about technology, and it should be balanced against other aspects of the service.

This page will be updated with new guidance as it is issued by the Cabinet Office and CESG, the Information Security arm of GCHQ, and the UK National Technical Authority for Information Assurance.

UK — Government Digital Strategy: annual report 2014

January 23, 2015 Comments off

Government Digital Strategy: annual report 2014
Source: Government Digital Service and Cabinet Office

A yearly update on the progress of government departments in carrying out the Government Digital Strategy.

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