The Wellington SilverStripe meetup on the 25th March was host to some interesting talks from the Govt.nz team. Govt.nz is built using SilverStripe and runs on the Common Web Platform (CWP) for the New Zealand Government. It aims to provide a simple and single point of contact for anyone wanting to interact with Government services.
It was a good chance for public sector SilverStripe developers to share what they have been building, how they go about designing their services and continuously improve.
Josh Kosmala summarises how DIA uses CWP to deliver Govt.nz and puts forward some suggestions for how developers can play a more beneficial role in open source web development communities.
Meg Howie shared the Govt.nz design refresh process. DIA started out trying to understand what Govt.nz was for, then how people would actually use it.
Lana Gibson detailed how she got past "data fear" in the GOV.UK website team to get everyone using web analytics in an agile environment.
If you are a New Zealand Government agency on the CWP and have any interesting stories to share about your CWP website, development process or new modules your agency have open sourced we'd love to have you along to the SilverStripe meetup to show them off. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and we'll work with you to help share your knowledge.
Make sure to head along to future Wellington SilverStripe meetups by joining the Meetup group.