Open standards- a cross government technical architecture workshop

My notes from a cross-government Technical Architecture community workshop on 29 July, hosted at Government Digital Service. Open Standards are publicly-available agreements on how technology will work to solve a particular problem, or meet a particular need. The Open Data Institute has a useful definition of standards, open standards and open data. Open Standards are […]

Innovation in Transport – TfL Access all Areas

Notes from a panel discussion I attended at an event on accessible transport, hosted by TfL. I attended because I wanted to learn about TfL’s strategic approach to innovation and accessibility. Individual introductions Mike Brown, Commissioner, TfL The high-level vision for accessibility on London’s transport: Everyone needs to be able to travel across the capital […]

The value of opening up government data

I presented at the British Library’s event “Open and Engaged” as part of Open Access week on 22 October 2018, on the value of opening up government data. Here are the slides, which I’ve adapted into the following post, with a post-script of additions generously suggested by the ever-excellent Steve Messer. Why has government opened […]

Tom Loosemore on Digital Government at the Science and Technology Committee, 27 November 2018

Tom Loosemore was interviewed by the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee on 27 November 2018. Tom was Deputy Director at the Government Digital Service 2011-15. He has a good reputation and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I found him an articulate, expert and passionate advocate of doing digital properly. I pulled […]

Achieving Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People – Marty Cagan

Notes from a talk by Marty Cagan, at a Product People meetup hosted at Geovation on 19 October. Marty Cagan is from Silicon Valley Product Group has worked at places like Netscape and eBay back in the day, and advises lots of startups on how to do tech product management. The inimitable @cagan giving us […]

Designs of the Year, and Print in the Digital Age

Here are my highlights from the Designs of the Year exhibition at the London Design Museum. Warka Water A 12-metre tall bamboo tower that gathers water rom the air. About 100 litres of clean drinking water per day. Inspired by lotus leaves and spider’s webs, The project is named after the Warka tree, an Ethipian […]