The Department for Transport has announced a £1.2m deal with Mediasurface to rationalise the infrastructure of its public websites.
The project will see more than 30 existing websites – including its flagship road safety and highway code sites – consolidated and relaunched using Mediasurface’s Morello content management software.
The consolidation is aimed at saving money – with common applications, infrastructure services, support facilities and best practice shared across its sites – and improving the accuracy and presentation of the DfT’s online information.
The new system will also allow content contributors and editors to publish information directly to the websites in a controlled environment, without the need for support from the DfT’s IT teams.
Neil Campbell, head of e-communications at the DfT said, “We have a variety of online sites containing thousands of pages of information which are currently managed by a hugely devolved and skill-varied staff.
“We have been looking for a way to tie our existing online strategy together within a single environment but at the same time give ourselves a good basis from which we can grow in years to come.”
Mediasurface’s Morello content management system offered “a strong, proven background, sleek interface and extensive experience in the UK public sector”, he added.
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