[LINK] UK government to create 'super websites'

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Jan 12 09:39:39 AEDT 2007

At 10:12 PM 1/10/2007, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>This appeared on Kable's website tonight: http://www.kablenet.com/
>... "This report demonstrates how  millions of 
>people are benefiting from our use of technology 
>every day. ... a Cabinet Office spokesperson ... 
>"The Cabinet Office alone has made an annual 
>saving of £174,000  by closing all of its 
>websites apart from its corporate website. ...

What worked for one small policy agency (the UK 
Cabinet Office) may not  work across the whole of 
government. Having a mismatch between who does 
the web pages and the functions they are about 
risks embarrassing and expensive mistakes.

The Australian Government has a better approach 
with its Australian Government Online Service 
This uses a "federated" approach between the 
agencies. Those bits which can be usefully 
coordinated are, but leaving each agency to look 
after its own detailed content. It sounds messy, 
but avoids unnecessary duplication of effort and extra layers of coordination.

ps: UK Civil Servants will be able to study my 
units on this topic, as soon as I get Moodle to 

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