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Developing an Open Source Content Management Strategy For E-Government

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A Web Content Management System (CMS) can ease the management of complex e-government websites. This paper showcases five approaches to web content management and discusses the benefits of open source content management software for e-government.

Today's Scheme for Tomorrow's Technology

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A decade ago, technology planning was a novelty for local governments. In most places, it still is. But increasingly, the viability of a community is linked to its access and use of information and communications technologies. Technology today is as vital to economic growth as transportation and utilities systems were in the past.

Doing the Right Thing - How to build socially responsible web infrastructure

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What is web accessibility and why is it so important? For starters, it's the law. If your organization receives federal funding or has a federal contract for technology products and services, your website must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. That has been true since 2001, when Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998 went into effect.

E-Government: The Top 10 Technologies

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In this article I would propose a kind of taxonomy of e-government as it relates to planning, and a description of its top 10 applications.

A Web For Everyone: Creating Accessible Planning Websites

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Effective June 21, websites run by federal agencies must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. This new law, commonly called Section 508, is expected to be the technology equivalent of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA legislation authorized the Department of Justice to certify that local building codes and ordinances meet accessibility requirements for new construction and alteration; it has had a dramatic impact on the built environment and the role that planners play in ensuring that physical structures are accessible.

East St. Louis Neighborhood Condition Survey: Collecting Data for a Community Development Project

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The East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) is an interdisciplinary community development initiative of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Since 1989, ESLARP has worked closely with East St. Louis citizens and community groups by providing technical assistance. Since 1994, with the help of UIUC's Imaging Systems Laboratory, we have been using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to strengthen our outreach activities with geographic analysis.

Closing the Divide: Urban Technology Initiatives Are Affecting Land Use in Los Angeles.

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Among the many challenges faced by inner-city communities are urban divestment and abandonment. Precipitated by post-World War II federal housing and transportation policies, suburban flight has been the norm since the mid-1900s, resulting in a lack of investment, employment, and business creation opportunities in urban areas. The Egg Company 2 Incubation Project and Zone Ventures are examples of two projects providing investment and support to new technology ventures in low-income areas to help reverse the trend in urban divestment.

'X' Marks the Spot: A new computer coding system may be a boon to planners

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Seen from a cab on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the skyline of Manhattan unspools in the distance like the opening shot in a movie. The sight is majestic-but it has very little to do with how people actually get around Manhattan. To navigate the city without a car, you have to understand at least three overlapping systems-buses, cabs, and subways. In other words, you must integrate unrelated sets of information that have nothing in common except that they roughly connect the same dots.

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