the ability to subscribe to pages/topics/cases and be notified with changes. Critical!
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.
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]
Smog causes cancer, asthma, global warming and makes living in a city generally unliveable. So why not post the smog measurements on the website as well as what we are doing to stop it? If Austinites are regularly monitoring and attempting to reduce smog levels, you'll see initiatives like lightrail, bike lanes and the cleanup of Cap Metro happen a lot faster. Let's set goals, and have big parties all over town if ...more »
All posted content meets accessibility requirements derived from
Be it calendars, civic meetings, city council meetings, etc.. the data, the minutes, everything published as an RSS feed. Well structured so it can be used by a blog or an application
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.
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 »
Create explicit accessibility standards and publish them as part of any work for hire performed under city contracts.
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 »
Show a map of Metro Bus Routes as well as future public transportation routes, schedules and locations.
The site needs a robust search where common phrases are given higher ranking so they are easily found in search results. (An example engine is KeyMatch with Google/Google Search Appliance.)
There are 42 items listed in the City of Austin menu bar. That needs to be simplified/categorized.
This is a basic idea. The site must be found on search engines, meet accessibility standards and provide great user experience. This begins with keyword research-- knowing what users type into search engines when they want to find the website. This also includes SEO strategy and measurement. Tracking the number of inbound links plus gaining new ones. Checking to make sure all the pages are indexed on search engines. ...more »
CoA should focus on e-Services, including online accessible fillable forms, online submission of permit applications, reservation requests for facilities (with reservation/payment via PayPal). Most importantly, implement web design standards across site (see example of text underlined at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/development/bpinfo1.htm#FAQs)