I’m writing someone who has worked in various ways with government over the last several years, in particular in relation to technological projects. Principally these were:
postcodes (through my role with NSAI/ICTSCC)
various transport IT projects, including the integrated ticketing system, ‘real time passenger information’, and the ‘travel planner’.
Without exception the outcome from these projects has been disastrous. The problems were perfectly forseeable. My conclusion is that our whole procurement system is broken and this is actually damaging our country. This is not just about spending too much, it’s also about total failure to deliver.
There was an item on Marian Finucane’s radio show today about loyalty cards. I was disappointed that the knowledge of all of the people on the show about how loyalty cards actually work in economic terms, and how the data collected is actually used was very weak indeed.
An Post, the Irish postal service has made its address database available to the public without charge for the first time. This means it is possible to verify a postal address without needing to contact the destination sorting office. It is the first time a postal directory has been available in Ireland for at least 15 years.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just glance at an address and instantly know exactly what part of your area the address was located in? I spent most of the weekend and yesterday writing a proposal for a postcode system for Ireland which would allow you to do just that. It was in response to ComReg’sconsultation paper on the topic. A dirtier job than you might imagine, with many numeric, geographic, linguistic and even political twists. But got there in the end. Continue reading →