Inside Government set for GOV.UK launch tomorrow
DCLG and DFT policies due to be released on GOV.UK on 15 November
The Inside Government section of the GOV.UK website is due to go live tomorrow. At launch, the section will include 30 policies covering the work of two major departments. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Department for Transport (DFT) are due to move their publishing activity to Inside Government, with other departments expected to join soon.
The Inside Government page will provide a single platform for all publishing activity by government departments. Government departments' online publishing is being moved to GOV.UK in tranches, with more organisations due to join the website each month, starting with the DCLG and DFT on 15 November. All existing web links will be redirected to the new website.
According to a blog post on the Government Digital Service (GDS) website, "by March 2013 you can expect this [the number of policies] to grow to around 250 policies from 24 departments. This means lots of government activity will not yet be covered, and some of the topics you'll see on the site (like 'economic growth' and 'national security') will only have a small part of the overall government activity represented within them."
However, "to begin with, there will be no featured government announcements on the homepage of Inside Government". Users wishing to access such content will need to visit the government departments' own websites.
According to the blog post, which was written by a GDS' product manager, "we expect that by around March, when we have a critical mass of departments on board, we will be adding a space to highlight the topical issues of the day from right across government, which will be based on the existing communications diary managed by Number 10."
The GDS blog post explains, "the Inside Government section on GOV.UK is replacing hundreds of mature, highly-trafficked websites with a single, brand new one. It's a complex product with many stakeholders, each with a growing list of feature requests. Prioritising effectively means I have to forget these feature requests as much as I can to focus on the product vision and evidence of what users need, and say "no" or "later" a lot.
"The version of Inside Government we'll unveil tomorrow is... just the beginning, and it will continue to evolve as we learn more about how users want to interact with it and we'll add more of the features stakeholders (including my former self) want and need."
GOV.UK was launched on October 17th as a replacement for DirectGov and Business Link. It will eventually provide a single portal for all government operations.