The Government has published plans to establish an Open Data Institute in London.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has appointed Heather Savory as the chair of the Open Data User Group (ODUG).

The Home Office has saved £10m by running a key messaging infrastructure on open source software. The system, which is part of international border control, previously cost £12m over five years, a figure that reduced to £2m over the same period.

The European Commission wants to improve its free and open-source software repository system using an enhanced metadata specification meant to help EU countries exchange more information about their free and open-source software projects.

Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire look set to become the first police forces in the UK to share a common back office under a collaborative agreement with supplier Capita.

The Queen has formally announced plans to greatly increase surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies and the police, in plans that are being labelled a “snooper’s charter” by civil liberties groups.

The government has published numbers on the cost of G-Cloud and Cloudstore and the savings the public sector ICT procurement framework is expected to make it has been reported.

Several large local councils have been making significant cutbacks to their IT teams, with some reducing the number of in-house staff by up to 90 per cent, a series of freedom of information requests have revealed.

NHS Somerset has launched a new touch screen mobile health monitor to help improve the quality of life of its patients.

Francis Maude told an international gathering in Brazil how he wants to collaborate with other governments to drive the ‘Open Data’ agenda internationally.

Schoolchildren in Leeds are the first to get their hands on production models of the bare-bones Raspberry Pi computer.

Findings from the latest Information Security Breaches Survey (ISBS) report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) show UK businesses have been slow to react to the security risks created by the use of emerging technologies like smartphones, tablets and social networking.

The Royal Courts (RCJ) of Justice’s £12.5m eWorking system, which was supposed to improve the flow of information from court users across the RCJ by enabling them to submit files electronically, has been axed after months of poor implementation and low user uptake.

A flexible-working pilot by O2, which saw most of the headquarters’ staff stay away from the office, has been branded an ‘astonishing success’ by the company.

Chancellor George Osborne was in London’s Tech City to open the new Google Campus, which is now officially the largest purpose built space for startups in Europe.

Cambridgeshire county council is to launch a bring your own device (BYOD) pilot, which will allow 50 employees to access corporate resources on their own devices.

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