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Mike Bracken appointed first Whitehall chief data officer GDS executive director will take dual role leading work on national data standards and government information sharing strategy Public Services > Central government > News
LGA unveils digital innovation fund winners 27 recipients consisting of individual and grouped councils will take share of £390,000 finance pot to encourage digital innovation Public Services > Central government > News

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Northern police force trio launch service collaboration
By Neil Merrett
'Evolve' programme will see police forces in North Yorkshire, Cleveland and Durham initially looking at integrating services around major crime and civil emergencies
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Airwave and Vodafone out of ESN contest as Home Office prunes shortlist
By Neil Merrett
Airwave and Vodafone not included in updated list of suppliers competing for agreement
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Central Government

Work commences on third Digital Services Framework
By Neil Merrett
Cabinet Office expects to begin compiling invitation to tender (ITT) documents for DSF3 after pre-election period ends
Public Services > Central government > News
Defra defends itself over MP's criticism of online CAP applications
By David Bicknell
Department says over 80% of farmers have now registered for payments; MPs want full information on costs of bringing the RPA's computer system up to full functionality
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Local Government

Work commences on third Digital Services Framework
By Neil Merrett
Cabinet Office expects to begin compiling invitation to tender (ITT) documents for DSF3 after pre-election period ends
Public Services > Central government > News
Labour wants to bring council websites within GOV.UK platform
By Neil Merrett
Party sets out digital and IT plans including commitments to "ethical data", disaggregated IT contracts and common platforms for local government transformation
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Healthcare

Telstra Health acquires Dr Foster for data analytics push
By Neil Merrett
Acquisition of UK-based analysis service provider designed to expand experience with integrated health care solutions
Public Services > Healthcare > News
Mike Bracken appointed first Whitehall chief data officer
By Neil Merrett
GDS executive director will take dual role leading work on national data standards and government information sharing strategy
Public Services > Central government > News

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Police

Essex Police gets ready for March 31 Athena launch
By David Bicknell
£32m Northgate Public Services-delivered IT system will subsequently be shared by seven forces going live this year and next
Public Services > Police > News
Northern police force trio launch service collaboration
By Neil Merrett
'Evolve' programme will see police forces in North Yorkshire, Cleveland and Durham initially looking at integrating services around major crime and civil emergencies
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Education

University of London colleges join MOOCs partnership
By Neil Merrett
Goldsmiths University in early stages of planning online course provision, as industry body expects MOOCs to retain a “complementary” role in higher education
Public Services > Education > News
Government's free schools expansion set to drive ICT investment
By Neil Merrett
49 new free schools will create thousands of student places nationwide and drive link ups with companies such as Microsoft, Google and Samsung
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National Security

MoD awards secure application hosting environment deal
By Neil Merrett
CGI will supply private cloud solution to ministry under two year agreement, with first set of applications now being hosted through the platform
Infrastructure > Cloud > News
MOD calls on Deloitte's help for tri-service recruitment project
By David Bicknell
Deloitte gains £3.2m contract to provide "external assistance" to progress underpinning IT system for RPP
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Geographical Information

Greater Manchester set to get control of its £6bn health care budget
By David Bicknell
Details of plan remain scarce, though proposals likely to come into force by 2016
Public Services > Devolved > News
Welsh government digital reform plans questioned
By Neil Merrett
GovCamp Cymru organiser also notes a lack of momentum among councils in reforming operations around interoperable systems and shared platforms
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Justice

MoJ set to launch digital plea service for motorists
By Neil Merrett
New secure website will allow individuals to respond to motoring offence charges online as part of wider court modernisation strategy
Public Services > Central government > News
Supreme Court targets cloud document management expansion
By Neil Merrett
Switch to Microsoft cloud-based CRM designed to support increased mobile working and integration of correspondence tracking
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Transport

TfL selects Computacenter and Fujitsu for £25m ICT installation framework
By Neil Merrett
Agreement aims to support ongoing requirements for the installation of ICT and wireless functions by TfL members and wider GLA group
Infrastructure > Hardware > News
TfL picks Atos for Primary Service Desk role
By Neil Merrett
£6m valued contract will form key component of wider SIAM and towers model IT transformation plan
Services > SIAM > News






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