GOV.UK was switched on for real earlier today. It’s some achievement, and the team at the Government Digital Service deserve all the praise they get.
It’s a bigger deal for other bits of government than it is for the Department of Health today. Information and services related to health and care continue to be provided via NHS.UK rather than GOV.UK, and our departmental website won’t move to GOV.UK until March next year.
As a government digital person though, it was still a thrill for me to try out some of those redirects this morning.
GOV.UK looks pretty smart. I suppose I’ll only really get a proper sense of the change when I need to use it for something real. But GOV.UK is as much a movement as it is a website. It’s the ideas and energy that make this exciting. It’s the promise of more to come, and the positive influence that the GOV.UK project will have on everything else.
- For more about what will happen to health information and services see: Digital first: the information strategy for health and care
- For more on our plans to move our departmental website to GOV.UK see: Out with the old and in with the new – how we’re preparing for GOV.UK
- For more about GOV.UK… you don’t really need my help with that – it’s everywhere.