E-government bulletin
ISSUE 348, 15 August 2012
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Lambeth Council's planning feed in LayAR

NEWS: Augmented Reality is New Environment For Local Data.

A new pilot project is allowing citizens to see local service information such as planning applications and food hygiene ratings of cafes projected live onto images or videos of their local area using "augmented reality" (AR) software...

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NEWS: Councils Grapple With Upsurge in Mobile Web Access.

UK local authorities are witnessing a huge upsurge in use of mobile devices to access their websites, delegates heard at this year's Building Perfect Council Websites conference, hosted by E-Government Bulletin publisher Headstar......

Read full story here, Catering for mobile access...

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NEWS: Local Interest Sites Captured in National Digital Archive.

South Yorkshire Housing Association; Surrey Wildlife Trust; the North Yorkshire branch of public sector trade union UNISON; and a local food grower's campaign group outside of Manchester are among local and regional websites designated for permanent digital preservation by The National Archives...

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Successful Sharing: A briefing on how to use shared services effectively win the public sector has been released by the Society of IT Management (Socitm). The sharing of services in local government - including ICT - is a growing trend (due to financial pressures), despite various high profile failures, says the report, 'Shared services: time for a rethink?'. The report sets out a number of principles for local authorities to follow when considering sharing services, including advice on benchmarking and procurement:

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Visualising Transactions: A 'transactional services list' has been released online by the Cabinet Office's digital arm, the Government Digital Service, showing the services and related transactions from government departments, broken down in infographic form, and also available as raw data. The site, which is at the 'alpha' stage and thus still being developed, aims to help the government improve customer transactions and identify areas where savings can be made:

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Lending Review: An independent review into e-book lending within libraries is expected to be announced shortly by the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, after a meeting last month which yielded suggestions including charging library users for hiring e-books and splitting the cost between e-book publishers and the library itself. The move comes after libraries and publishers have clashed over lending models for e-books, with some publishers reluctant to supply libraries with their titles, such as HarperCollins, who put a limit of 26 loans on each of its e-books sent to libraries before the title 'expires':

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EGB Masterclass: Love my tender - How to buy digital engagement software

Gez Smith
Whilst there is plenty of free digital software available for a range of purposes, sometimes it's necessary to purchase your software, which can involve a tendering process. Gez Smith explores how to create an effective tender document and highlights some common and avoidable errors...

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Successful digital engagement procurement...

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