I’ve decided to steer clear of blogging on the recent disastrous Birmingham Council website launch.
While Paul Canning’s blog post sums up the catalogue of errors extremely well, it’s clear to anyone visiting the site that huge mistakes have been made. Bad government websites are launched all the time, but few have Birmingham’s £2.8m price tag.
The one good thing to come out of this debacle is a renewed focus on producing good, user-focused council websites.
Just what does make for a good council website? Whether we’re local gov webbies, communicators, or interested users, we all have ideas on what makes websites work for local authorities.
Dave Briggs has set up a page on IdeaScale where local gov webbies and interested amateurs can collaboratively produce a wishlist of what council websites really ought to have.
He hopes this will provide a resource full of good advice for councils looking to improve their web presence.
Come and join the debate! You can submit your ideas or vote and comment on the ideas already suggested.
You can find it at: http://localgovweb.ideascale.com/