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Presentation: "No Link Left Behind"

Track: Distributed Systems / REST / Time: Wednesday 11:30 - 12:20 / Location: Fleming Room

Last summer the UK Government launched GOV.UK, not just by creating a website with clear information served from clean, bookmarkable URLs, but by decommissioning two of the UK's highest traffic websites — DirectGov and Business Link and redirecting their traffic. And virtually nobody noticed! This talk tells the story of the transition; the tools, techniques evolved to assist hundreds of people across dozens of organisations agree upon hundreds of thousands of mappings; how we test redirection and measure link rot, and how this process has developed into an industrialised operation as 24 departments and more than 300 agencies and public bodies move to the Inside Government platform, a herculean task made simple thanks to the power of the hyperlink, an elegant tool from a more civilised Web.

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Paul Downey, The doodler behind 'The Web is Agreement'

Paul Downey

Biography: Paul Downey

Paul is a Technical Architect at Her Majesty's Government Digital Service, where he is helping build GOV.UK. Formerly he acted as BT's Chief Web Services Architect, served as an W3C Advisory Committee representative, and was a founding member of Osmosoft.com. He built SolderPad, and co-founded OSHUG, the Open Source Hardware monthly meetup, and is mildly notorious for a set of uber-doodles collectively known as The Web is Agreement.

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