The downside is that I get lots of emails asking the same questions.
GDS is about much, much more than design. Design is a key part (and my bit) but it’s just one part of what we’re doing.
As an organisation we have a very open culture, the boss has a phrase, “publish don’t send” and so in the spirit of that I've published some links to the basic facts about GDS.
Firstly, I would read my colleague Russell’s blog post about GDS. That sets out the basics http://russelldavies.typepad.com/planning/2013/04/the-unit-of-delivery.html
Secondly, you should watch this video the Guardian made last week. That gives you a glimpse inside GDS and has interviews with our Minister, Francis Maude and the boss, Mike Bracken. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2013/jun/13/geeks-opened-up-government-video
Then if you need hard numbers check out these links:
And of course, the product, GOV.UK
Here's a list of all of the 25 exemplar services we are transforming and how they're progressing
Watch this video of Mike's talk at the Code for America Summit October 2013.
Good interview with Mike on the NPR blog.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover story on Healthcare.gov "The British learned from their mistakes. The disaster empowered Francis Maude, the minister for the cabinet office, to bring in technologist Mike Bracken to overhaul how the British government did IT. Today, gov.uk is something of a wonder."
New York Times OpEd by Clay Johnson and Harper Reed, "we need to create our own Government Digital Service."