Accessibility – Better Connected turns up the volume

 

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By Vicky Sargent, Director, Better Connected Programme

The Better Connected programme is putting website accessibility under new levels of scrutiny.

People with disabilities account for around 15 per cent of the UK population, and for many of them, access to websites is vital. Accessibility should therefore be built into the design of websites as well as all third party software used to manage services, forms, and documents presented via websites. Website text, videos, and imagery must also be made accessible to all, including those using assistive technologies like text-to-speech screen readers or magnification software.

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Digital transformation means making a difference

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By Nicola Graham, Socitm Vice President and Head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council

It was perhaps when my teenage son returned home and could not stop talking about how the new technology at his school was going to make doing his schoolwork ‘amazing’, that I realised what making a difference really means.

Being a lively and curious 14 year old, he is arguably a natural with tech, and more scrutinising of it as a result – certainly more so than is typical of my generation. And in his excitement, I couldn’t help but smile. Not only at his enthusiasm, but at the irony of how his mum, in the job he describes as ‘boring’, helped bring about that new school technology.

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Local CIO Council: local authorities should join up public sector security

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By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

Local authorities should get on with securing the UK’s public sector IT rather than waiting for central government, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 8 December in London.

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Health and social care – making the digital connections

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By Jos Creese, Socitm Associate Director and independent consultant. Originally published 8 November 2016, on LinkedIn.

This year the government announced that £4.2 billion will be spent on bringing the NHS into the digital age – paper free, kite-marked apps, digital records, click and collect prescriptions, free Wi-Fi in hospitals and citizen access to personal records which we can control and edit. The reality is far removed from this ambition, and the track record is littered with failed national programmes, such as Care.Data.

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Health and social care – making the digital connections

Five lessons in five days at PyCon UK 2016

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By Carl Newton (pictured above, blue T-shirt), Socitm Web and Digital Development Manager

Here at Socitm HQ, we have two developers who are masters in the art of making web thingys. I am one of those developers, and I build and maintain web thingys all over the shop in order to support our services. For instance, socitm.net is our long-standing flagship website. The Women in IT site is another example of a website we built. We have some internal web apps too, such as our purchase order management system, which we called ‘Spom’, much to the disapproval of everyone, ever. But we strongly believe in the ‘We made it; we name it’ rule, which any parent of a child named ‘Harley Quinn’ will tell you, is a just and fair rule indeed.

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Five lessons in five days at PyCon UK 2016