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Wistownsforcitycamp

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Slide show for CityCamp 2010 on the Wistowns project

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Wistownsforcitycamp

  1. 1. A Transparency Prototype for Wisconsin Townships Steve Hanson Cruiskeen Consulting LLC [email_address] http://wistowns.com (real soon now)
  2. 2. The Problem <ul><li>Small Governmental Organizations have trouble “getting the word out” to media and their citizens
  3. 3. Small-Town Media aren't doing any better than Big-Town media
  4. 4. Though the problems of increasing transparency aren't profound, there aren't a lot of folks helping in this area </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Proposal <ul><li>Build a network of web sites for townships </li><ul><li>Easy To Use
  6. 6. Inexpensive
  7. 7. Easily Found
  8. 8. Meeting functional and legal needs of towns
  9. 9. Turn-Key Simplicity </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Where Does The Data Go? <ul><li>Central Aggregation Site
  11. 11. Takes incoming data and re-jiggers it for future use by journalists and others </li><ul><li>News
  12. 12. Centrral Calendar w/meetings notices
  13. 13. Ordinances
  14. 14. Planning Documents </li></ul><li>Try to make it easy to mash up and re-use </li></ul>
  15. 16. Ways to Access Data <ul><li>RSS feeds of most everything
  16. 17. Email subscriptions
  17. 18. Mobile Updates
  18. 19. Twitter feeding and aggregation
  19. 20. Facebook integration
  20. 21. Make data available via RDF
  21. 22. Incorporate public data from state agencies </li></ul>
  22. 23. Technology <ul><li>Drupal Based
  23. 24. Trying to decide how to best deal with the multiple site issue
  24. 25. Calais Tagging
  25. 26. RDF storage
  26. 27. RSS everywhere
  27. 28. Ical calendar in and out </li></ul>
  28. 29. Funding <ul><li>Currently a second-round proposal in Knight News Challenge
  29. 30. This would pay for initial development and first year of hosting for the townships
  30. 31. After first year will be either seeking other funding or charging a reasonable fee to the towns.
  31. 32. If Knight doesn't come through, then we re-think it. </li></ul>
  32. 33. Ease of Use <ul><li>WYSIWYG editing
  33. 34. Simple insertion of images, video, audio
  34. 35. Live Streaming of meetings?
  35. 36. Easy cut and paste from Word, etc.
  36. 37. Incorporation of outside technologies - </li></ul>
  37. 38. Integrations <ul><li>Streaming Video
  38. 39. Insertion of video from outside providers
  39. 40. CoverItLive
  40. 41. Facebook
  41. 42. DimDim for Web Collaboration
  42. 43. Sunlight Labs API
  43. 44. Others? </li></ul>
  44. 45. Now It's Up To You! <ul><li>What Do You Think?
  45. 46. Ideas and Suggestions?
  46. 47. Come to wistowns.com to comment (soon) </li></ul>

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