Primer on AWS (2/3) - S3, the object store

Primer on AWS (2/3) - S3, the object store

S3 is the Content Repository of AWS. Technically it’s called an Object Store but it amounts to the same thing. It’s a way of storing your files (objects) in a secure manner with encryption and version control. Below is a diagram with my notes on S3 and there’s a link to a PDF version as well below. PDF version: www.hamishbuchanan.com-S3_0.pdf
Primer on AWS (1/3) - Route 53

Primer on AWS (1/3) - Route 53

Below are my notes on the AWS service Route 53. Route 53 is the AWS DNS service. It’s named after port 53 which is the DNS port. Route 53 is not a regional service it is set up on the Global region only. It’s more commonly used for public domain names but can also be used for private names in VPCs. Before we get into the details of Route 53 it’s good to have a background in DNS.
Thoughts on the LocalGDS workshop

Thoughts on the LocalGDS workshop

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Local GDS #LocalGDS workshop organised by Phil Rumens and held, last Friday, at the Government Digital Services (GDS) headquarters in London. The workshop gave a great insight into the Standards developed and being used by the GDS team and led to many discussions about whether they could be applied to Local Government. The information collected is being collated and I expect it will be published shortly so I’m not going to go over it again here but I will give some of my own impressions of the day.

GDS for Local Government

The Government Digital Service (GDS) have been transforming Central Government over the last few years and by all accounts achieving great success. People are now talking about them turning their focus to Local Government but to do that they will have to overcome some obstacles. The possibility of GDS tackling Local Government is described in a recent post by Austin Clark (Government urged to extend GDS support to councils) he describes how Phil Rumens the vice chair of digital networking group LocalGov Digital wants to extend the service to local government.
Content vs Information: What's the difference?

Content vs Information: What's the difference?

Content Management, Information Governance, Information Architecture, Content Models… People throw around these terms all the time and for many the use of “Content” and “Information” are almost synonymous. But actually they’re different and here I’ll give you some simple definitions. If you asked the editor of a newspaper or website what was the difference between information and content they would be able to give you quite a straight answer. Information is the facts about when something happened, where it happened, when the next bus is due.