David Cameron web app: Fresh details emerge

Summary:Reports over the last day suggest that the app - which is personalised for the UK prime minister, and which ZDNet reported on more than a week ago - uses a classified ads search engine as one data source.

More details have emerged about the web app that David Cameron and other ministers will use to view government data.

David Cameron and other ministers are set to get a web app dashboard that pulls in government data. Image: Conservative Party

The dashboard, which ZDNet  reported on last month , is intended to give a view into the performance of key public services. Reports over the last day from the BBC and The Next Web have provided further information about the service, notably that it pulls data from the classified ad search engine Adzuna, among other sources.

The app is being trialled by the prime minister, who will reportedly show it to newly re-elected US president Barack Obama at the upcoming G8 summit.

Rumours of the app's existence surfaced months ago, claiming that it had cost £20,000 to develop and was specifically tailored to the iPad — Cameron's iPad, to be precise.

However, as the Cabinet Office told ZDNet  more than a week ago, the dashboard is to be used across government and forms part of a wider programme of civil service reform.

Being a web app, it will work on plenty of other devices as well as on the iPad. According to the fresh reports, it resembles the gov.uk public services portal that came out of beta around a fortnight ago.

Topics: Government : UK, iPad, United Kingdom, Developer


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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