A bumper backlog of 2010 bookmarks

Without noticing, it seems I haven’t published a list of my bookmarks here for nearly a year. That’ll be partly down to subconscious choice (I’m not overly keen on link dumps on other blogs) and partly through neglect (I prefer to manually edit rather than automate these kind of posts, and haven’t found the time). [...]


Talk is cheap: on-platform user comments without need for costly development

A while back we were looking to enable user comments on pages of the BIS website by building bespoke functionality into our main platform. The intention, pretty much, was to replicate the lovely comment and moderation engine you get from WordPress within our own CMS, and be able to toggle it on and off for [...]


Death of the web team?

Where does responsibility for digital communications sit within a large organisation? That used to be a fairly easy question (“In the web team of course!”) but it’s not so simple any more. These days, it begs two rather more difficult questions: which bit of digital and what kind of responsibility do you mean? Digital communications [...]


Digging digital government: recent major works and what they mean

Major works by Whitehall webbies in the past six weeks have repeatedly got top billing on No 10′s legendary grid, and even made front page news. This feels very different from even a year ago, when web teams had to work hard just to get their voices heard on the importance of the web for [...]


So what did Steph Gray ever do for us?

Today the man they call @lesteph is leaving the Civil Service to work on… well, other le stuff. Read about it in his own words here. I’ve spent the best part of a year working alongside him since the creation of BIS brought our two teams together in June 2009. If you’re reading this blog [...]