In March we shared the vision for where GOV.UK is going. Since then we’ve been finessing plans for how we'll move towards that vision while continuing to run a reliable service in the 2016 to 17 financial year.
As always, items on the left are more certain than those on the right, and the roadmap as a whole will be thoroughly reviewed each quarter.
The major focus of our improvement effort this year is to make it possible for organisations across government to join their content together as coherent services for users.
- completing the work to bring our software together as a single platform
- overhauling tagging, building a taxonomy system and redesigning site navigation
- helping departments and agencies get ready to transform and tag their content
These are big, transformational changes. The roadmap shows in more detail all the things we need to do to achieve them.
Our hope is that, by the end of March 2017, we'll have everything in place on GOV.UK and agreement and commitment across government to begin a co-ordinated programme of transforming and recategorising all government content. It's a task comparable in scale to the original programme of transitioning content onto GOV.UK.
While working on those big changes, we’ll continue to iterate toward the vision in other ways.
- rebuilding the system for managing deep links to local authority services
- launching a new platform for government campaigns
- investigating opportunities for digital tools to improve consultation
- beginning to join content up more closely with transactions and offline support
We’ll also continue to operate GOV.UK as a reliable, secure, accurate service to end-users and government colleagues alike, and there’s work on the roadmap to improve how we do that.
Follow our progress
We've been working to this plan since April (before we were quite ready to publish it) and are currently on track to deliver everything we'd planned for this quarter.
We'll review the whole plan in July and make any adjustments needed - and blog again if those changes are significant.
Neil Williams is the Head of GOV.UK. He tweets as @neillyneil
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