The major milestones of the Government Digital Service (GDS)

Where is GDS now? A timeline of major events, projects and milestones since 2011


The Government Digital Service, or GDS, is a unit within the Cabinet Office established to drive digital transformation within government.

From its formation in 2011 through to the present day it has been an eventful place to be: from the establishment of Universal Credit to G-Cloud, and a whole host of key figures coming and going.

Despite being very much the darling of 'digital' in the UK, GDS has frequently been under threat. High-profile departures have sparked rumours of discontent within the department and speculation swirls that it could be dismantled after reports in Diginomica that it will lose control of Data Policy and Governance.

Amid the uncertainty, GDS has also been instrumental in delivering projects that the sitting government has been proud to put forth as examples of its digital savvy, include the award-winning website and the Government Transformation Strategy. Its work helped the UK reach the top spot on the United Nations e-government survey in 2016.

Computerworld UK takes a look at some of the major milestones of GDS to date.