UCD aims to be ubiquitous, a bit like a payment system, and so used by individuals to maintain online relationships with organisations across the public and private sectors, and with other individuals.
Thus, even though UCD is clearly infrastructure, design and implementation cannot be led by government. Why ? Because government’s remit is limited to individual-public_sector online relationships: it does not extend to online relationships between individuals and between individuals and private sector organisations.
And yet, UCD cannot be built without support from government, because it is government, in one guise or another, that controls significant chunks of our personal data (e.g. qualification records), and so offers a route to critical mass.
UCDx is working to secure the UK government’s support.