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GOV.UK Conference round-up

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Yesterday we hosted our first GOV.UK Conference; a chance for all departments and agencies that now provide their information and services on GOV.UK to catch up, share ideas, and work together on our future plans.

It’s nearly two and a half years since GOV.UK went live but for many agencies the transition was only completed at the end of 2014. Yesterday was an opportunity to look at what’s happened so far and talk about what comes next.

What we got up to

The day started with a reminder of the very beginning of GOV.UK from Tom Loosemore, followed by members of the GDS team, and colleagues from across government sharing their own stories from the past few years.

Our thanks to all of them, and to everyone who attended making it such an interesting and entertaining event.

Here are a few photos and highlights:

GOV.UK conference 1

mgfantato tweeted at 12:38 PM · Mar 24, 2015 (tweet content below)
"plain English content guidelines prob best thing that came out of #ourgovuk"
amanda_kerry tweeted at 12:22 PM · Mar 24, 2015 (tweet content below)
"9 mths post transition, still loving #ourgovuk. Miles better than our old site. Agree more we can do to get creative"

GOV.UK conference 2

anthonysimon tweeted at 11:17 AM · Mar 24, 2015 (tweet content below)
"Incredible to hear at #ourgovuk that it's only been 4 years since alphagov launch (GOV.UK forerunner). Where will be in next 4 years?!"
rooreynolds tweeted (tweet content below)
"I took some notes at the GOV.UK Conference #ourgovuk today"

GOV.UK conference 3

GOV.UK conference 4

Agenda, speakers and themes:

Opening remarks and a reminder of how it all began

  • Tom Loosemore, Deputy Director of Digital Strategy, GDS

What we have achieved with GOV.UK

  • Lindsey Keighley, Programme Delivery Manager, GOV.UK, GDS

How GOV.UK handles big news stories and events

  • Anthony Simon, Head of Digital Communication, 10 Downing Street and Cabinet Office

The story of HMRC’s transition to GOV.UK

  • Lesley Twitchen, Design Lead at HMRC Digital Services

Standards and style

  • Lorena Sutherland, Content Lead at the Office of the Public Guardian

Working with colleagues in your department or agency

  • Stephen Hale, Head of Digital at Department of Health

After lunch

Introduction to a group exercise on how GDS can support teams in departments and agencies and feedback on priorities for the year ahead.

  • Neil Williams: Product Lead, GOV.UK, GDS

Final session is on:

Looking at the future for GOV.UK; goals for this year and beyond

James Thornett, Director GOV.UK, GDS

There are more photos on the GDS Flickr photostream, and plenty of tweets to explore under the #ourgovuk hashtag.

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  1. Comment by saliman posted on

    Emm how useful are these conferences and functions for what?

  2. Comment by Carl Harvey posted on

    I think it’s essential that content publishers, designers and website managers work towards a recognised GDS / Government qualification to ensure world class publishing standards.