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Access government in a way that makes sense to you? Surely not!

Scraperwiki Data Blogalpha.gov.uk uses Scraperwiki, a cutting edge data-gathering tool, to deliver the results that citizens want. And radically for government, rather than tossing a finished product out onto the web with a team of defenders, this is an experiment in customer engagement.

If you’re looking to renew your passport, find out about student loans or how to complete tax returns, it’s usually easier to use Google than navigate through government sites.  That was the insight for director of the Alphagov project Tom Loosemore, and his team of developers.  This is a government project run by government.

Alpha.gov.uk is not a traditional website, it’s a developer led but citizen focused experiment to engage with government information.

Technical overview -  Alpha.gov.uk team blog  - A brief overview of technology behind Alpha.gov.uk