Following the Minister for the Cabinet Office’s keynote at yesterdays launch event members of the GDS team gave five bite-size presentations introducing the work of GDS. So here they are:
1) Directgov – Ryan Battles
Directgov was launched in 2004 to put all online public services in one place. Ryan talked through the key drivers in Directgov’s evolution and the lessons learnt from listening to users.
2) Single Government Domain- Tom Loosemore
Tom updated on progress towards delivering a working beta version of the Single Domain project. The project is looking at ways of developing a much improved user experience with easy to use tools and simpler content.
3) Corporate Platform- Neil Williams
Neil’s working on producing a unified view of Government to make it simpler for people to find which bit of Government does what.
4) Chris Chant – GDS Corporate IT
Chris gave details of the agile delivery of a new IT system for the GDS and the significant savings it has made.
5) E-petitions – Peter Herlihy
The e-petitions site was the first GDS product to be delivered. Peter spoke about the first 100 days of it’s operation and how it has been iterated since it’s launch. So far there have been over 25,000 petitions signed by over 3 million people with 18 people signing a petition every minute of every day.
6) Office of the Public Guardian – Allon Lister
Allon explained GDS’s work with the Office of the Public Guardian to digitise their services.
7) Tech City app – Alice Newton
There was a great response to the event with several news pieces and a lot of chatter on social media. We’ve captured a wordle of Twitter chat on the #gdslaunch tag here:
Here are links to articles and blogs covering the day:
- Telegraph: Failed web services cost taxpayer £1billion
- Wired: Public Services should be Digital by Default
- ComputerWorldUK: Government Digital Service launches
- Computer Weekly: GDS must have the agility of a start-up to drive through change in Govt
- Silicon Republic: UK launches Government Digital Service to drive its online future
- William Heath: This is more like it: #GDSlaunch
- Public Strategist: Two Worlds not Yet Colliding
- Martha Lane Fox: Government Digital Service
- Paul Clarke produced some excellent pics which can be seen here.
- Tony Hirst‘s visualisation ‘In the vincinity of the #gdslaunch‘