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LOTI sets strategy for year three

16/07/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) has outlined priorities for developing capabilities, service innovation and a smarter London for the third year of its operation.

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The organisation, set up by London boroughs and backed by the city’s mayor to encourage collaboration on data and digital projects, has laid out what comes next in its new annual report. It says the priorities are based on the feedback of members.

Its move to develop capabilities will involve exploring how it can boost boroughs’ access to data talent, improve their procurement and strengthen their cyber security. This will be accompanied by strengthening the understanding of how to navigate decisions on the post-Covid workplace.

Second is service innovation, with an emphasis on embedding data ethics into practice, exploring new service models to support prevention and designing measures to help the digitally excluded.

Finally, the smarter London effort is aimed at helping boroughs to choose the best solutions for their residents while ensuring there is some co-ordination and common approaches. This will take in principles and standards along with work on digital districts, under a thematic focus of meeting environmental targets.

Among the achievements of the past year highlighted in the report are exceeding the goal for London boroughs to recruit at least 100 digital apprentices between them, the creation of an Innovation in Procurement Toolkit, and the launch of the Digital Inclusion Innovation Programme with the Greater London Authority.

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