UK to crowdsource new government website

The government has turned to crowd-sourcing for the development of its latest website.

The government has turned to crowd-sourcing for the development of its latest website.

The Cabinet Office's digital engagement blog has issued an invitation to all "open data developers" to help build a new government website.

"We are inviting developers to show government how to get the future public data site right - how to find and use public sector information," the blog, by James T, said.

The move came in the wake several appeals to the developer community, such as Show Us a Better Way, the Power of Information Taskforce, MySociety and Rewired State for help to "Code a Better Country".

Developers who sign up to a members'-only Google Group will be able to see and comment on an early preview of the site.

The blog said the site would bring together over 1000 existing data sets from seven departments in re-useable form for the first time.

"We want developers to work with us to use the data to create great applications, (to) give us feedback on the early operational community, and tell us how to develop what we have into a single point of access for government-held public data," it said.

In June prime minister Gordon Brown invited the creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, to improve public access to (non-sensitive) government information.

Apart from the Google Group, developers can follow events on Twitter at #opendata

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