Storm ID Develops Council Toolkit for Local Authorities

21 March 2014
 

Enabling digital public services for local government

Storm ID has been busy over the past few months developing a new tool specifically for Local Authorities. With much of the public sector now signed up and embarking on digital transformation programmes, we have been analysing what progress (if any) is being made by consolidating and leveraging digital channels to better service citizens, businesses and visitors as well as deliver efficiencies.

We believe that the process of digital transformation needs to be continually transformed to ensure that service users and their needs are at the centre of solution design thinking; freeing up space to allow an increasingly digitally literate public sector to ‘experiment, fail, learn and repeat’.

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As the Public Sector continuously faces the increasing need to move quickly, co-create, collaborate and engage with broad groups of stakeholders, we have developed an open source initiative, Council Toolkit, which we hope can enable Local Authorities to design and build responsive websites that adhere to emerging digital public service standards, including best practice guidance from SOCITM on enabling access to digital public services.

This first release focuses on making available responsive front end templates built on Bootstrap that can be used for website projects to enable digital public service delivery. Later releases will incorporate an open source CMS built on a starter kit and components for Umbraco.

With limited resources, Local Authorities, will be able to use the Toolkit to rapidly prototype and build effective digital services that meet the typical needs of citizens and other users.

Use of the Toolkit is free from licensing costs, built on open source products and services, and hosted on GitHub. It is recognised that there is a need to speed up the transformation of digital public services, and the Toolkit is Storm ID’s contribution. It is inspired and informed by our work with local government and public bodies across the country.

Visit counciltoolkit.org

For further information and or to arrange a demonstration of the Toolkit please contact us on counciltoolkit@stormid.com or

0131 561 1250.

Keep up with Council toolkit on @counciltoolkit and facebook.com/counciltoolkit

 

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  • Andrew de Rozario

    What an innovative use of umbraco. I think this could also have great relevance to educational institutions many of whom are lagging behind on the web in terms of making their content visible, accessible and useable on all devices and platforms.

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