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From early next week, it will be possible to feature important content on topic pages in the departments and policy section of GOV.UK. This post explains how it will work and which department should lead the curation for each topic.
How it works
When we've deployed the update (likely to be on Monday), publishers will be able to feature documents on topics by going to "More > Topics > [Topic X] > Featured documents". The interface will be familiar to you - it's based on the existing interface for featuring on organisations.
You can feature between 0 and 5 items on any of the topics. The template will adapt accordingly.
(You can expect improvements to how you feature things in future - this is the minimal viable version of this feature right now).
What to feature
As with featuring documents on organisations, you should carefully choose items which are likely to be of most interest to users, basing this on analytics not only promoting the latest stuff. Usually users are looking for the currently most significant policies, publications, consultations or statistical releases - not just press releases and news.
You don't have to feature documents on every topic, and you don't have to use all 5 slots.
If you do feature stuff, then you should be prepared to commit to curating the topic on an ongoing basis (don't feature something and forget to come back and remove it or update it).
Which department leads for each topic
Earlier in the year (while working on creating policy pages) we agreed the following lead responsibilities for topics among the ministerial departments. We suggest that departments work together to agree which content should be featured on each topic, deferring to the lead department in each case as listed below:
- BIS: Business and enterprise; Further education and skills; Higher education; Regulation reform; Science and innovation; Consumer rights and issues; Trade and investment
- Cabinet Office: Public safety and emergencies; Government efficiency, transparency and accountability; Community and society (joint with DCLG); Economic growth (joint with HMT); National security (joint with MOD)
- DCLG: Housing; Planning and building; Local government; Community and society (joint with CO)
- DCMS: Arts and culture; Sports and leisure; Media and communications; Equality, rights and citizenship (GEO)
- DECC: Energy; Climate change
- Defra: Environment; Food and farming; Rural and countryside; Wildlife and animal welfare
- DFE: Schools; Children and young people
- DFID: International aid and development
- DFT: Transport
- DH: National Health Service; Public health; Social care;
- DWP: Employment; Pensions and ageing society; Welfare
- FCO: Foreign affairs; Europe
- HMT: Economic growth (joint with CO); Public spending; Financial services; Tax and revenue
- Home Office: Borders and immigration; Crime and policing
- MOD: Defence and armed forces; National security (joint with CO)
- MOJ: Law and the justice system
- Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland
- Scotland Office: Scotland
- Wales Office: Wales
I am sure you have many. Please fire away. In the interests of keeping this post brief and giving you as much notice as possible, I've stuck to the bare facts. Let us know whats not clear via the comments and we'll follow up with more blog posts as needed.