This is the first of a series of posts about how I’m taking forward objective two of the single domain project: the “private beta test of a shared ‘corporate’ publishing platform aimed at replacing most of the activity currently hosted on numerous departmental publishing environments”.
So what does one of those look like?
Read more about Government corporate websites in eye-popping 3D
To outsiders it may sound like a superficial question, but one thing I keep getting asked around Government is “will the single-domain be orange?” – at least in reference to the sections for citizens which will launch in public Beta early next year.
Some people on the Directgov team feel a great sense of personal attachment to the colour that’s used throughout their site – others have never liked it and see this as an opportunity to move on to colours new.
Read more about Orange
We launched the ability to sign petitions on the e-petitions site at noon on Thursday 4th August.
And it is fair to say that it has been far more popular than we ever expected.
The site has had over 2 million visitors since launch, over 12 million page views, 12,000 petitions raised, 700,000 signatures collected and the first petition hit 100,000 signatures (now over 200,000) in 5 days.
At peak we have seen over 12,000 hits per minute.
Read more about e-Petitions – the second week
We’re delighted at Francis Maude’s announcement that the GDS is now developing a beta version of the single gov.uk domain…
I have a spreadsheet on my computer at home with about 100 user names and passwords on it. I never have it to hand when I need it. Security experts tell me that I shouldn’t note them down, especially with all the viruses and Trojans on my computer. They also tell me that I shouldn’t use the same password for each service that I use. So usually I have three stabs at trying to remember my password before swearing loudly at the commuter (or politely explaining the problem to the person at the other end of the phone), giving up and doing something else.
read more about a question of trust
The e-petitions site went live today at noon so that people could start signing petitions raised in the first week and raise new petitions.
Interest in the site exceeded our expectations – some key figures from the first day:
- More than 1700 visitors a minute to the site
- Over 2,400 petitions raised
- Over 14,000 signatures in the first 4 hours.
Read more about e-petitions- Day 1 learning
One of the Digital Engagement team’s responsibilities is the ‘Connecting People’ program. This looks to improve internal engagement within the Civil Service by providing a series of digital tools to all users of the Government Secure Intranet. The CivilMedia Suite comprises the Civil Pages, Civil Talk, Civil Blogs and Civil Wiki tools. These are the first knowledge sharing tools accessible across the whole of government and have already proved useful in sharing best practise and information between organisations.
Read more about connecting people