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market research to the bone, then make a controversy

Someone said "Check out Vancover's site" I'll check that, and raise you 5000 (cities). CoA should bring on a few UT interns: Master in Library Sciences, Statistician, Designer, Master in CS and a few MBA/JDrs. Then make them work hard on a simple and fulfilling project. Make them catalog thousands of city sites, from the suckyist to the sexyist. Catalog the best and the worst features. Study usage and timeon ...more »

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Combine map info in a layer-selectable map view

I've seen several suggestions for presenting geographically-based info in an easily browseable form. How about a general "Where Is It?" page with selectable layers and/or search options using Google Maps API? This page could potentially integrate a large amount of information in ways that not only allow it to be easily navigated. Possible layers to consider: - places of interest - city resources (police/fire stations, ...more »

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Open API based user selectable themes/skins

With a fully open API to the backend data, it would be possible to create multiple GUI themes for users to choose from, as well as easily modify the default front end GUI or, for expert level users, even write their own custom ones (and possibly submit them for use by other site users, if they're popular). This would get around the "there's always a complaint" problem, as well as the "change noise" problem, particularly ...more »

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Embrace the Novice User

One thing to keep in mind for any city website is that it is the online face of the city, and may draw an audience demographic composed of a much larger population of novice or inexperienced users than other types of sites. Beyond the existing suggestions of making the site's front page as simple as possible, the overall design of the site should be assistive whenever possible. Most novice users find even their own ...more »

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