From tomorrow, I’ll be joining Cabinet Office to help take the alpha.gov.uk prototype forward to its next incarnation as a more fully developed public beta. In the spirit of the tagline of this blog, I’ll be splitting my time straight down the middle between my (awesomely generous and forward-thinking) employer BIS and the very different world of Tom Loosemore’s multi-disciplinary, agile and intimidatingly good GovUK team.
I’ll be leading the part of the Betagov project that deals with what becomes of central government departments’ websites in the single domain, including how all that content will get published and maintained in the really real world of busy, politically complex Whitehall departments. More than that I can’t say – mostly because I don’t yet know – but I promise to be as transparent and consultative as the timetable lets me be.
Meanwhile, I’d be interested in any answers to these questions about government’s corporate websites:
- What works well now which you most fear the single domain will break?
- What’s broken now that you most hope the single domain will fix?
Of my fellow gov webbies, I will also be asking:
- Who are your users and what do you now about why they come?
- What types of content do you publish and what are your various business reasons for publishing?
Any documents you can share like search and usage data, survey results, corporate website propositions or strategies would be most welcome.
It’s going to be fun, difficult and I’m going to need to call in a lot of favours. I can’t wait.
Shout if you want to help out.