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Presentations from #gdslaunch

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Following the Minister for the Cabinet Office's keynote at yesterdays launch event  members of the GDS team gave five bite-size presentations introducing the work of GDS. So here they are:

1) Directgov - Ryan Battles

Directgov was launched in 2004 to put all online public services in one place.  Ryan talked through the key drivers in Directgov's evolution and the lessons learnt from listening to users.

2) Single Government Domain- Tom Loosemore

Tom updated on progress towards delivering a working beta version of the Single Domain project. The project is looking at ways of developing a much improved user experience with easy to use tools and simpler content.

3) Corporate Platform- Neil Williams

Neil's working on producing a unified view of Government to make it simpler for people to find which bit of Government does what.

4) Chris Chant - GDS Corporate ITChris gave details of  the agile delivery of a new IT system for the GDS and the significant savings it has made.

5) E-petitions – Peter Herlihy

The e-petitions site was the first GDS product to be delivered.  Peter  spoke about the first 100 days of it's operation and how it has been iterated since it's launch. So far there have been over 25,000 petitions signed by over 3 million people with 18 people signing a petition every minute of every day.

6) Office of the Public Guardian - Allon Lister

Allon explained GDS's  work with the Office of the Public Guardian to digitise their services.

Office of the Public Guardian  

7) Tech City app - Alice Newton

Alice described how GDS worked with No10 and Tech City company mobileroadie to produce an app for the PM's visit to Tech City.

There was a great response to the event with several news pieces and a lot of chatter on social media. We've captured a wordle of Twitter chat on the #gdslaunch tag here:

Tweet wordle of #gdslaunch

Here are links to articles and blogs covering the day:



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  1. Comment by Tony Hirst posted on

    To provide a bit of context around the twitter hashtag, I sampled the followers of the #gdslaunch hashtag and then plotted connections between them:

    This gives an indication of the immediate Twitter audience - and if you know anything about the usernames displayed, their interests/background - around the hashtag...