Before this discovery began, Brighton and Croydon Councils had already successfully managed to share code to help them develop their Drupal-based websites. They joined up with Bracknell Forest and Oxford councils for this discovery work to see if they could also reuse the code for their own websites.
It was estimated that, if all four councils adopt the shared approach and platforms, the total savings could reach £1.5 million.
This discovery (then named ‘Improving code sharing between councils’) aimed to find ways for councils to easily share Drupal code and to identify any standard conditions and requirements that must be met for sharing code between councils. This could include things like digital maturity, unique use needs, technical skills, required governance and any potential intellectual property barriers around code sharing and reuse between councils.