Welsh Government’s Library Digitisation Project 2018

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The Welsh Government’s Library holds a unique collection of library materials and publications. This includes documents dating back to the inception of the Welsh Office in 1965 and almost everything published by the Welsh Government since. As such the library provides a valuable service to Welsh Government staff as well as enabling the public to access Welsh Government publications. So, as you can imagine digitising our library collection was no mean feat. Continue reading

Improving our content on GOV.WALES: putting users first

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We’re continually looking for ways to improve what we publish online as part of the changes we’re making to GOV.WALES. To support this improvement journey we have recently set up a series of content critiques, or crits for short, bringing together all those involved in designing web content from across Welsh Government.

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The AWE(some) Identity Provider

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Hwb LogoIf you’re a teacher or learner in Wales, you’ll probably be familiar with Hwb. If not Hwb is the online platform which provides access to a wide range of bilingual online tools and resources to support teaching and learning. Hwb is also one of Welsh Government’s biggest digital transformation programmes and over the past few months work has been undertaken to bring the running of this service fully in-house to Welsh Government. Continue reading

Guest blog: Taking Welsh taxes to new heights

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WRA LogoThe Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) is the new tax authority for Wales, responsible for administering two new devolved taxes in Wales. The WRA was formally established by Welsh Government on 18 October 2017. One year on, Sean Melody, Digital Services Manager for the WRA explains the approach and the challenges, from a digital perspective, to establishing the WRA. Continue reading

Quick Fire Our New Developer

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We recently blogged about Welsh Government recruiting to Digital, Data and Technology roles and how we want to increase our internal skills and capability in these areas. As part of this recruitment we recently hired a new Developer to the Corporate Digital Team and we’re really excited to welcome him to the organisation.  Ok, unlike the blog title suggests, we’re not going to fire him just yet – but what better way to get to know him than to throw some quick fire questions at him?!

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We don’t know who you are, but if you have a very particular set of skills we will find you…

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You may have noticed recently on the CDO twitter feed (and if not, you should follow us @cdowales) that we have started to advertise for digital, data and technology specialists. As there’ll be a number of recruitments in the coming months we thought we’d write a blog to tell you a bit more about why we’re recruiting and what Welsh Government has to offer. Continue reading

New powers for public bodies to share data – we want your views

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Data plays an important role in making effective decisions, particularly within the public sector. Often public sector bodies need the same data and we end up with duplicate data collections which cost money and place unnecessary burden on those providing the data. Also complexities and concerns around data sharing are often identified as real barriers to improving public services and the services that citizens receive. Whilst the simple solution is for public bodies to share their data, there have long been barriers to doing this. Continue reading