Key Milestones of the Government Digital Service

Established in 2011, the Government Digital Service has spearheaded digital transformation across central government and ushered in new ways of working that are efficient, user-centric and more responsive.

A recent piece in Computer World UK notes that the GDS has been “instrumental in delivering projects that the sitting government has been proud to put forth as examples of its digital savvy, for example, the award-winning GOV.UK website.”

The timeline of the GDS showcases some important, and key, milestones to date.

They include the initial setting up of the GDS by Francis Maude following the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government and the important contributions made by LastMinute.com founder Martha Lane Fox, whose early recommendations about the role of technology in public service delivery laid the foundations for the adoption of the ‘digital by default’ concept across government.

In 2013, the GDS went on to win the British Design Museum’s Design of the Year award for Gov.UK which was praised for its simple and effective design. The GDS has also served to establish agreed frameworks and a Digital Marketplace allowing public sector organisations to buy specialist services.

To continue reading the full timeline, please visit Computer World UK.

Join us at Whitehall Media’s upcoming 7th Central Government Business and Technology conference on 28 September 2016 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre near Old Street (central London) where we will discuss key milestones achieved and efficiencies unlocked across central government departments. To register your place to attend – or to invite a colleague – please visit our registrations page.


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