Friday, November 03, 2006

City of Key West Website

The City of Key West revamped its website about a week ago, and I can't decide whether I like it as much as the prior version. The look of it is cleaner and brighter than before. The change is part of the City migrating to a content management system from a company called eGov Strategies.

I'm going to give it some time to see if my discomfort comes from having to learn a new way of navigating the site. A content management system usually is so the site owner, i.e., the City, can manage the site on a more timely basis and with less work than without one. The only real complaint I have at the moment is that reading agendas and resolutions takes a little longer, but it's not intolerable, and could get better with some tuning.

Monroe County's IT department also made news last week. There are plans there to live-stream video of County meetings over the internet, and to archive those videos so they can be viewed later. Here's what is says in the article:

Also on the front burner: Live streaming video of County Commission meetings as they happen, as well as Internet access to meetings after the live broadcast.

"We anticipate it will change the way the public views government," Baker said. "We have a lot of absentee property owners in the Keys. They might be able to see those meetings. Certainly, Commissioner Di Gennaro's mother will."

Commissioner Mario Di Gennaro kidded during last week's County Commission meeting that if the meetings were streamed live over the Internet, his mother would love to watch him.

1 comment:

Keys Treasures said...

I understand that websites will change and evolve. I don't understand why, when this causes new page urls, they don't leave auto forwarding pages so old links still work. Now I have to go and change a bunch of links.

 
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