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www.southwilts.com communities online. Steve Milton South Wiltshire Strategic Alliance. www.southwilts.com?. A community development tool Enables local people, groups and businesses to build & maintain websites No HTML, XML or Java! In fact, no technical stuff at all! Just type and go! - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • www.southwilts.com communities online

    Steve MiltonSouth Wiltshire Strategic Alliance

  • www.southwilts.com?A community development toolEnables local people, groups and businesses to build & maintain websitesNo HTML, XML or Java!In fact, no technical stuff at all!Just type and go!100% free for users!

  • Our AimImprove access to community informationPromote community groups & activitiesPromote local businesses and the rural economyImprove access to public servicesImprove communication between communitiesDesigned & managed by the communitySelf sustainingMeet ODPM eGov outcomes

  • FundingFunded by Govt. ePathfinder schemeWiltshire & Swindon awarded 1.4m One of 25 projectsComplex bidding processPartnership approach46k for www.southwilts.com

  • Involving the Community

    User group established at the outsetDesign WorkshopDeveloped the SpecificationTested the siteLocal super-users and championsWill manage the site as a Charity in the futureSite acts as online consultation tool for the LSP

  • Developing the SiteSelected a local company - CravenplanA commercial partnershipA complex contract Cravenplan retain a stakeCravenplan private investment of 30,000+Rewritten programme as an off the shelf eGov tool

  • SustainabilityNo ongoing cost to local TaxpayersRevenue costs funded by commercial sponsorshipCommunity provides and manages contentUser Group will take over management once sponsorship exceeds costs

  • Features of the SiteTrusted UsersTemplate driven page creationAdvertisementsJob vacanciesOnline DiaryOnline eZineMailing listsSelf policing

  • Is it working?Currently 520 community sites hosted6.6m hits since Jan 2004387,000 hits In August 200535,000 pages of local information viewed every month2,500 annual revenue from sponsorsSystem now procured up and running in Oxfordshire

  • Where now?More promotional work locallyAll Councillors online by end 2005Drive up sponsorship income to 5,000Launch Phase 3 improvementsCravenplan invested 30,000+ in nationwide marketing

  • www.southwilts.com communities online

    Steve MiltonSouth Wiltshire Strategic Alliance

    Alliance - LSP 13 public and private sector partner agencies, formed in 1998. Published a community strategy for South Wiltshire in 2000.

    Steve is a member of the LSP Partnership Team and community planning team leader for the City Area.

    LSP promoted the development of the South Wiltshire Community WebThe South Wiltshire Community Web is a facility that enables local community groups, businesses and individuals the opportunity to create and maintain a web site for free.

    There is no HTML, JAVA or technical stuff. The community websites are all created using simple templates so it really is just - type and go

    Simplicity and accessibility are two key features of the service - it is designed to be intuitive with help features built in at every step.

    The SWSA community planning process was the spark for the creation of the site. During consultation workshops in the six community areas we found out that the voluntary and business sectors are already providing a comprehensive range of services and facilities. The problem is that local people are not always aware of these services or how to contact those who provide them.

    The South Wiltshire Community web responds directly to this issue by...The site was funded by the Governments e-Pathfinder programme.

    SWSA had to develop a bid to the Wiltshire & Swindon Pathfinder Partnership. South Wiltshire Community Web was one of 25 successful projects.

    46k to develop and promote the site.

    As the project emerged from the SWSA community planning team, it has been developed with a high level of community involvement from its inception.

    Technical aspects of the project have always been led by the needs of the community.

    It is a key aim of the project is to ensure that there is no ongoing cost to local people.

    Funding from low key commercial sponsorship.

    Content is created and managed by the community, so no resource demands on the SWSA partnership.

    It is intended to transfer management of the South Wiltshire Community Web to a charitable trust within one year of its formal launch.The features of the site were derived from the original ideas of the User Group. The home page showing the interactive map, and the four function buttons. Simplicity of design was another key requirement of the User Group.

    Ill come back to the function buttons in a second. By clicking on a segment of the map

    Next slide.The home page showing the interactive map, and the four function buttons. Simplicity of design was another key requirement of the User Group.

    Ill come back to the function buttons in a second. By clicking on a segment of the map

    Next slide.A list of parishes appears on the left of the screen, the user can then check that this is the right community area, if it is they simply click on the map to go to their own community area page.

    Next slide On the community area page, users have the options of searching for information arranged into 16 simple categories such as transport, health, sport and recreation, etc. This will pull up a full list of sites under the specified category.

    Users can also look for local news and events, either for the whole community area or by individual parish. Here we are looking at at a site created by a local cricket club. It is a good example of what the community generated sites sites look like.

    You can see the site has a number of pages, that are accessed by the pages links. There is no restriction on the number of pages that can be added, although for ease of use we advise a maximum of 12 -16 pages per site.

    The club has also set up a mailing list, we will come back to that in just a moment.

    I have another example here

    Next page...

    Back on the home page, anyone can click on the create function button to start the process of creating their own site.

    Next Page...The next screen has two options.

    If the users already has a User ID and Password they can login to their admin area and add or modify their site content.

    New users have to apply for Trusted User status before they can create a site.

    Next slide..Users maintain their sites using their own site admin area.

    Here we can see a site that already has four pages. The user can preview, edit or delete any of the pages by clicking the icons and the right. At the bottom of the screen are links that enable the creation of diary and news items and a link to the mailing list facility. We will have a brief look at those in a moment.

    Users add new new pages by selecting from a range of templates.

    Next slide... Here we see the four templates currently available to users. We are working on two more templates aimed specifically at the needs of business users - price list tables and product directories.

    Users simply select the appropriate template and fill in the boxes.

    Next slide... Here is an example of the template.

    It is simple. Users just fill in the boxes, upload images from their home computer if they wish and choose from the simple layout options. We have a size limit on image size of 100 kb

    Each box has a help button that displays help text in the left hand column.

    On the main content text boxes, users can simply cut and paste from existing applications. Users were specific on this point as it maens that content can be created offline, saving their telephone bills.

    For the technical, the data entered into this template is written into a Cool Ice database that underpins the site. The users once the have completed the template can preview the page and, if happy, launch the page. This simultaneously writes to the database and creates a static web page. We do not use asp to create the pages. Back at the Users site admin page the creation of news and diary items is exactly the same. Items are added using simple templates. This time they are written into the online news and diary, rather than the users own web site. The next screen has two options.

    If the users already has a User ID and Password they can login to their admin area and add or modify their site content.

    New users have to apply for Trusted User status before they can create a site.

    Next slide..The next screen has two options.

    If the users already has a User ID and Password they can login to their admin area and add or modify their site content.

    New users have to apply for Trusted User status before they can create a site.

    Next slide..The next screen has two options.

    If the users already has a User ID and Password they can login to their admin area and add or modify their site content.

    New users have to apply for Trusted User status before they can create a site.

    Next slide..The next screen has two options.

    If the users already has a User ID and Password they can login to their admin area and add or modify their site content.

    New users have to apply for Trusted User status before they can create a site.

    Next slide..Finally, users can set up a mailing list. Here we can see Shaftesbury Cricket Clubs mailing list page. It currently has 8 registered members. There is a facility to amend the list and to create mail.

    This is a particularly useful function for sports clubs and hobbyists but it also works for business users as a way of keeping in touch with regular customers.Here is the mail creation page. Users simply type or cut and paste their message and click on send. An email is then sent to all those on the mailing list.

    Taking you back top the cricket club site, you can see the mailing list button here.