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Socitm says data sharing failure hinders public services

NETWORKWORLD - Cost-saving "place-based" public services are being hindered by public bodies' poor understanding and management of information, according to council IT managers' organisation Socitm.

The potential for saving public funds through concepts such as place-based budgeting, in which multiple spending by different agencies on the same item is prevented, could be frustrated without better understanding of the value of information and how it should be managed, according to a Socitm report.

The report shows that problems with information exchange between public agencies centre on two main issues - the willingness to share information and the format of the data.