John Simkin Posted December 8, 2005 Share Posted December 8, 2005 Article in today's Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,...1661587,00.html Many government websites are failing to attract readers despite extensive spending, new figures have revealed. Information published today by Technology Guardian shows that many of the government's internet operations are underperforming, despite vast funding and investment. One website, UK World Heritage Sites (www.ukworldheritage.org.uk) managed only 77 visitors last year. Sarah Teather, a Liberal Democrat MP who tabled a series of parliamentary questions on the subject, says the figures show the government has got its priorities wrong. "Some of the visitor figures to the websites are frankly an embarrassment to the government," she said. "These websites will only improve their visitor numbers when people know they exist, and if they provide them with a service they need." UK World Heritage comes under the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which also runs 10 other websites at a combined cost of more than £43m last year alone. Increasing the use of technology and the web has been one of the core issues promoted by Tony Blair since Labour came to power in 1997. Official figures show that there are now more than 2,500 government websites in operation. The home secretary, Charles Clarke, told parliament last month he intended to consolidate the 36 websites which come under the Home Office umbrella "so that more information is accessible on our central sites", but could not confirm how much was being spent on them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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