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The e government strategy and the e gif
The e-Government strategy and the e-GIF

Creating e-citizens

UKOLN, Bath, 5 November 2002

Maewyn CummingCabinet Office, Office of the e-Envoy

Office of the e envoy
Office of the e-Envoy

  • Based in the UK Cabinet Office

  • Leading the drive to get the UK online

  • e-Envoy, Andrew Pinder, co-ordinates strategy and implementation, reporting to the Prime Minister

Oee objectives
OeE Objectives

  • Make the UK the best place in the world for e-commerce

  • Ensure that everyone can access the internet by 2005

  • Deliver government services electronically by 2005

  • Co-ordinate the government's e-agenda

Universal access
Universal access

  • Advances social inclusion

  • Embeds skills and enables lifelong learning

  • Increases democratic engagement

  • Helps transform government

  • Supports the e-economy

Internet access
Internet access

  • 45% of households can access the internet from home

  • 56% of adults have accessed the internet at some time, 47% in last month

But, use is heavily skewed

  • To London and the south

  • To higher income groups

  • To younger people

Source: Family Expenditure Survey

Achieving universal access
Achieving universal access

  • 50% say they aren’t interested

  • Rest would like to use the internet but can’t;

    • no reason to

    • lack of skills

    • access barriers

    • lack of trust


  • Motivation -

    • better content

    • better marketing

  • Access and skills

    • UKonline centres

    • maximum local input

    • initiatives for new users

    • more home PCs

Today joining up is done by users
Today, joining up is done by users

Citizens and businesses

Information and transaction services

Integration has to be part of the service
Integration has to be part of the service


Information and transaction services

The tools
The tools

  • Government Website Guidelines

  • e-Government Interoperability Framework

  • e-Government Metadata Standard

Website guidelines
Website Guidelines

  • Government websites should

    • be of a high quality, easy to use and inclusive

    • present a coherent impression of government activity.

    • meet government standards and legislation

    • provide a positive experience of using the internet

Website guidelines1
Website Guidelines

  • Not mandated, but widely recognised

  • Two parts

    • Framework for senior managers

    • Illustrated handbook for web management teams

  • Frequently updated

    • see for latest version

Why e gif
Why e-GIF?

  • Joined-up Government needs joined-up information systems

  • Sets out the government’s policy and standards for interoperability across the public sector

  • Now in two parts:

    • Policy and compliance

    • Technical specifications and standards

E gif headline decisions
e- GIF – Headline Decisions

  • Internet and World Wide Web standards for all public sector systems

  • XML as the key standard for data interchange

  • Browser the key interface for all information

  • Metadata for all government information

  • Adopts standards that are well supported by the market

  • Internet based implementation strategy

  • Mandated on all UK Public Sector Systems

E gif compliance
e-GIF Compliance

  • Detailed compliance procedures in Part 1

  • Mandated for all new systems

  • Legacy systems which need to link to UKonline, or are part of Electronic Service Delivery targets, need to comply

  • Recommended for all other systems

  • Compliance Advice Service being set up

Web sites
Web sites

  • Poor search skills and strategies

  • Search engines badly configured

  • Metadata missing or poor

  • Navigation unclear

  • Information not always clear

 People can’t find the information or services they need

The e gms is
The e-GMS is…

  • Dublin Core elements and refinements

  • Additional elements for

    • improved retrieval

    • records management

    • data security

    • legal requirements; data protection, information access, audit trails…..

Government category list gcl
Government Category List (GCL)

  • Help for those who don’t know what they are looking for, what its called, or who to ask

  • List of broad subject headings to aid browsing for public sector information

  • Local controlled vocabularies can be mapped to GCL

  • Part of the e-GMS

Thank you any questions
Thank you.Any Questions?