LocalGov Digital Makers launches

LocalGov Digital is pleased to announce the launch of its LocalGov Digital Makers network for developers, designers and creators working in or around Local Government.

LocalGov Digital Makers aims to improve communication, collaboration and curation between those creating digital services for local governments.

Jason Williams,  LocalGov Digital Steering Group member and Corporate Web Manager at Cornwall Council said, “LocalGov Digital Makers will exploit existing resources such as GitHub, Google+ and Europe Commons to help join up the good work being done in Local Government.”

As well as the already released resources for content designers, the LocalGov Digital Content Standards and Usability Dashboard, the network will promote collaboration across councils on digital development and design.

Working with partners such as innovation charity Nesta and developer network Rewired State,  Makers also aims to break down barriers between Local Government and others.

Phil Rumens, LocalGov Digital Vice-Chair and lead for Makers said, “As well as sharing between local governments, Makers is also about connecting with others who are designing and coding for civic good.

“We’re keen to hear from practitioners in local government who have skills to offer on collaboration around code or standards, or that have a project they would like to share more widely through the LocalGov Digital network of practitioners.”

Makers will run a hack day as a fringe event of LocalGovCamp, on 20 June 2014 in central Birmingham. More details will be released soon – follow @localgovcamp for all the latest.

To get involved with Makers, join the LocalGov Digital Community on Google+find it on GitHubor register your organisation with Europe Commons.  You can also find LocalGov Digital Makers on Twitter @LGMakers.