AWS Public Sector Blog

Category: Open Source

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LocalGov Drupal on AWS serves as a digital transformation resource for local governments

Government organizations face challenges that include tight budgets and rapidly evolving citizen demands. They can address these challenges when they collaborate and share resources to accelerate digital transformation. In the UK, 44 local government bodies—called councils—use an open approach to share expertise and pool resources to transform their web publishing platforms using LocalGov Drupal. The GOV.UK Digital Marketplace includes LocalGov Drupal on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This post explains how councils used collaboration and shared resources to develop this digital public infrastructure which has reduced the cost of building council websites by up to 80 percent and delivered better services.

Future of Government Awards 2023 celebrate use of technology to transform people’s lives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Institute, and Public Digital today announced the recipients of the Future of Government Awards 2023. The awards champion practitioners, teams, and leaders who transform people’s lives by applying digital solutions and leveraging technology to reform the public sector for those it serves.

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Northwestern University Libraries make research more efficient, accessible with AWS Lambda

Northwestern University Libraries’ (NUL) relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) helped lead to innovative approaches to NUL’s digital collections suite. Read this post to learn how NUL leveraged an open-source standard and AWS Lambda to make it simpler for researchers to examine, compare, share, and cite images and audio/visual files across libraries.

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Swindon Borough Council makes vital public information more accessible using Amazon Bedrock

There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and globally, it is estimated that 15 percent of the population have some form of learning disability. Read this blog post to learn how Swindon Borough Council, a local authority in England, used Amazon Bedrock to create the Easy Read solution, which helps make vital public information more accessible and inclusive for its constituents.

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34 new or updated datasets available on the Registry of Open Data on AWS

This quarter, AWS released 34 new or updated datasets on the Register of Open Data. What will you build with these datasets? Read through this blog post for inspiration.

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BriBooks improves children’s creative writing with generative AI, powered by AWS

Generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) has the potential to play several important roles in education, transforming the way we teach and learn. This blog post looks at how one EdTech startup, BriBooks, is leveraging generative AI to assist young children with creative writing.

How one council used machine learning to cut translation costs by 99.96%

Swindon Borough Council serves a multicultural community of 230,000 citizens in the south of England. We continuously review emerging and evolving technologies, seeking to leverage them to reimagine and improve services, lower costs, and enhance efficiency. The success of a recent translation project that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud services is a prime example of this.

36 new or updated datasets on the Registry of Open Data: AI analysis-ready datasets and more

36 new or updated datasets on the Registry of Open Data: AI analysis-ready datasets and more

This quarter, AWS released 36 new or updated datasets. As July 16 is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Appreciation Day, the AWS Open Data team is highlighting three unique datasets that are analysis-ready for AI. What will you build with these datasets?

Raising the bar on accessibility for open-source public sector solutions

Raising the bar on accessibility for open-source public sector solutions

Performance Dashboard on AWS is an open source solution in the AWS Solutions Library designed by AWS experts to help organizations build, deploy, and maintain customizable dashboards to communicate the data-driven performance of public sector services. After this initial release, the Government Transformation Team (GTT) at AWS enlisted the help of the UK’s Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC), LevelAccess, and an internal AWS accessibility team to conduct accessibility audits to help our product team identify possible accessibility opportunities within the application.