The new city website should be based in open source.
People should be able to see their energy consumption graphed over time, e.g. month by month over a number of years. And also as compared to various other pieces of data: residential average, average for similarly sized houses. Also shown in conjunction to monthly deviation from the average temp for that month, for e.g. Things that could allow one to see how one's work to lower personal energy consumption is going (and ...more »
If you've ever filed paperwork with the city, you know it's a pain.
The city's website should include resources for people who are homeless and unemployed. This includes reading materials and contact numbers, and allows people to manage their cases online as need requires. Filing what used to be "paperwork" could be signed with a digital signature.
Show a map of Metro Bus Routes as well as future public transportation routes, schedules and locations.
I would like to enter my zip code and get the following list:
1. my official post office : website, [contact]
2. my official fire station: website, [contact]
3. my official police station : website, [contact]
4. my official user group/neighborhood association: website, [contact]
5. (elec, water, gas) utilities: website, [contact]
6. Trash collection, pickup: website, [contact]
the ability to subscribe to pages/topics/cases and be notified with changes. Critical!
The City currently provides street closure information on several web pages, linked from here:
The information is an extremely difficult form to consume. This information should be provided in a more consumable form, either XML or using microformat markup. This would allow people to use this information in interesting ways, such as Google maps mashups.
We need something like Vancouver is doing. See this http://www.straight.com/article-220944/city-vancouver-set-back-open-source-open-standards-open-data Here is draft language THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Austin endorses the principles of: • Open and Accessible Data - the City of Austin will freely share with citizens, businesses and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data possible while respecting ...more »
There are 42 items listed in the City of Austin menu bar. That needs to be simplified/categorized.
Meeting minutes as well as audio and video of all city council meeting should be available on the city website, as well as RSS feeds of the minutes and podcasts of the audio. This would encourage more active participation in city politics from citizens who cannot make it in person to the meetings.
A "Welcome to Austin" page(s) would be very useful. Each new city I've moved to (or looked to move to), one of the first things I look for is the city website. A newcomer's package...some sort of basic 411 on the City itself. Moving is a huge hassle, and I think not having to search through 42 unmanageable front-page menu items would be a big positive that will help endear newcomers to Austin and make newcomers comfortable ...more »
People should be able to track applications for city contracts online