From this week’s e-Government Bulletin:
"Your London", due to go live in April, is to be aimed at Londoners, businesses and visitors to the capital and will provide access to public service information from the 33 London boroughs and other London- specific agencies including NHS bodies, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.
"There is a need for a single portal – the idea of having ‘one vision, one portal’ is important," Simon Norbury, head of IT at Westminster City Council, told E-Government Bulletin this week. He said when competing for funding against big cities such as Barcelona for example, the portal could have an important promotional role to play.
But Norbury said he had some concerns over possible pitfalls. "If the signposting [from the portal back to council sites] isn’t very good we could start to lose customers," he said. "When people want to do business, they want to do it with us, not the London portal."
Norbury is also concerned about the work involved for councils in maintaining up-to-date information on the portal, a lot of which will be managed by individual boroughs.
Any analogy in this with orange-coloured sites we know and love is left as an exercise for the reader.