sábado, janeiro 13, 2007

Blair Government

Government to close 551 websites

The Blair government has put many services onlineHundreds of government websites are to be shut down "to make access to information easier" for people.
Of 951 sites, only 26 will definitely stay, 551 will definitely close and hundreds more are expected to follow.
In future government information will be streamlined through two main sites - Directgov and Business Link.
The Cabinet Office called it a natural step as people shifted their interest to use what it called "supersites" such as Directgov and the BBC website.
The annual report on "transformational strategy", published on Wednesday, said 90 websites had already been closed.

Parents Online
Supporting People Strategies Toolkit
Floor Targets Interactive
Interactive Whiteboards Catalogue
UK Man and Biosphere
Government Decontamination Service
Home Information Pack
Drinking Water Inspectorate
Civil Service Statistics

In full: The 551 doomed sites

Cabinet Office minister Pat McFadden said there had been a need to "deal decisively" with the proliferation of government websites.
About £9m a year was expected to be saved over three years by cutting back on "vanity" sites that do not serve a useful purpose.
Some information from the closed sites will be transferred to Directgov, for individuals, and Business Link, or will be put on the remaining sites.
It is intended that there will end up being these two main "supersites", one site for each department and then a very few others such as NHS Direct.
Among those which are being axed are out-of-date sites like Urban Summit 2002 as well as others such as UK Man and Biosphere Programme - a UNESCO project - and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, both of which will now come under the Defra website.
According to Ofcom, when Labour came to power in 1997, only 5% of households had internet access, but that has now risen to 57%.
And the Cabinet Office believes that people prefer to find what they need quickly and easily rather than choosing to surf across huge numbers of sites.

Full article, at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/6247703.stm

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