In January we announced the appointment of Chris Chant as Interim Executive Director for Digital Government. This appointment followed the publication of Martha Lane Fox’s report to Government, “Directgov 2010 and Beyond“, which made various recommendations to drive up the quality of the Government’s online presence and services.
A specific recommendation of the report was for a Single Government domain so Chris Chant has commissioned a project to test its feasibility. Chris has asked Tom Loosemore, formerly of the BBC’s web operation, to pull together the project. He will be working alongside Jimmy Leach, currently head of digital at the FCO, who will act as the editorial lead. Tom is quickly creating a small team of skilled people from inside and outside government to create a prototype, a proof of concept, to see how a single domain might look and operate. This would take the website rationalization which had already begun to its logical conclusion.