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This week at GDS

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Following a busy few weeks here at GDS, some staff holidays and a few winter colds have left the office feeling a little bit quieter than usual.

For the most part the team have been preparing for the next big chunk of work, lots of it coming directly from the Digital Strategy. That includes preparing the Assisted Digital strategy, defining the Digital by Default standard and working with colleagues across government for the new wave of transactions we’ll be working on in 2013.

Meanwhile, it’s almost six weeks since the full release of GOV.UK, and there’s been a lot of detailed work done to analyse visitor trends. Lana wrote a bit about our SEO performance yesterday, but there’s also been analysis into how people are moving through the site, establishing baselines for future performance, and really digging into the parts of the site that people are getting stuck with. It’s very useful work, and we’ll talk more about that in the next couple of weeks.

We’ve also been supporting the release of the new Universal Jobmatch service this week. The first major tool a third party has implemented since the release of GOV.UK, it’s been a tough test of how quickly our support teams can work with teams elsewhere to help them monitor and respond to problems users are reporting to us. Where appropriate, we’ve lent a hand to help resolve them too.

Finally, following the transition of the first departments over to GOV.UK last week, we’re working with the next batch of departments to get them ready for the move. Next week Paola Wright from the Ministry of Defence will be telling you a bit more about what that means for policy teams outside of GDS.

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