[Yet more] Praise for Digital @ BIS

BIS Digital website screengrab

In the spirit of openness and transparency, there is a section of some government websites that deserves more of the searchlight. It’s the digital team pages, and one in particular has come under my scrutiny lately – Digital @ BIS.

bis.gov.uk/bisdigital has just recently launched. It’s primarily for webbies in the department and in its agencies, but it also serves to inform the wider public about what BIS does digitally should that public be minded to know more.

Not many departments have such sites even though more or less all have digital teams. Those that do are practicing what they preach.

The BIS example should be considered ‘best of breed’. It knows exactly who its audiences are and in what order. It’s design balances form and function. And it provides the passing novice or the hardcore practitionner with a wealth of content that taken as a taster or as a full course represents a hearty insight into a core function within a key government department.

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On my desktop this week… ‘Dam #6’ by Edward Burtynsky

Dam #6 by Edward Burtynsky
'Dam #6' by Edward Burtynsky

Because sometimes delivering digital media projects can feel as complex and as large an undertaking as civil engineering. And afterall with each site, each piece of content, each interaction we manufacture the digital landscape.

I got into this sort of photography after watching Koyaanisqatsi. Ever since the work of Edward Burtynsky comes the fore of my mind when I talk about the best photography I’ve seen.

‘Improving Websites’ Evaluation Survey

The Digital Policy team at COI used social media to run its consultative review of the ‘Improving Websites’ Guidance. The review has ended and I’m evaluating the exercise.

If you participated or even just looked in occassionally, please fill out the very short survey at http://rossferguson.wufoo.com/forms/coi-improving-websites-review-feedback-survey/. It would be much appreciated.

The short report will be out in a few weeks time.