Archives: November 2013

Sorted and the thin content experience

Agencies across New Zealand government are now working with the Govt.nz project team to fact check the content on beta.govt.nz. Jane Ratcliffe, the digital product manager for sorted.org.nz shares her experience. Continue reading Sorted and the thin content experience

When you assume…

We recently completed our first round of user testing since publishing beta.govt.nz. We learned a lot. Seeing actual users use your site is always enlightening…and occasionally frustrating. The urge to shake them and yell “it’s right there!” can be strong. Things that seemed so obvious when you did them turn out not to be obvious at all. Overall, the testing … Continue reading When you assume…

What we copied from the UK, and what we didn’t

When we launched the beta.govt.nz website in August 2013, people noticed its striking similarity to a certain website from the United Kingdom, GOV.UK. That was no accident. The UK website is an open source project that seeks to radically redefine government online delivery and share those innovations with the world. We took them at their word. But what exactly did … Continue reading What we copied from the UK, and what we didn’t

Common Web Platform: We’re just beginning

On September 16 2013, the Common Web Platform (CWP) was officially launched. While this marks the end of an action-packed 8 month project, for CWP it’s just the beginning. How did CWP come about? July 2011 — the Rethink Online Strategy called for new approach to how government invests in and manages its online channels in order to achieve better … Continue reading Common Web Platform: We’re just beginning