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Cabinet Office reveals alpha.gov.uk vision for a single government website domain...
An alpha prototype for a single web portal through which government online information and services could be delivered has been unveiled by the Cabinet Office. The alpha.gov.uk domain, shown above, is now available for the public to test-drive and to provide feedback to aid development.
The concept of a single website domain stems from a review of government online services carried out by government digital champion Martha Lane Fox. Her report put forward the idea of bringing all government websites together under a single direct.gov.uk domain.
By moving all departmental information to a single location, the government predicts it will be able to cut more than 50 per cent from the £130m it spends on internet publishing per year.
This is the first time the government has launched a prototype to test a web service. "This is not the finished article, but an early draft, an opportunity for the public to have a look and tell us what they think," Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a statement.
Deputy director of Single Domain at UK Government Tom Loosemore was appointed to build a prototype of the single government web domain and has been working with a team of six developers and a handful of other staff to produce alpha.gov.uk over the past two and a half months. When describing his task during a preview of the website, Loosemore said: "I was asked to build the future and not just talk about it."
When visitors first arrive at the website, they are shown a message explaining that it's a prototype and how they can provide feedback.
Photo: Cabinet Office