The Daily Hustle: 10/20/10

City's web redesign keeps processing

The Daily Hustle: 10/20/10

And now for something completely different … 

Remember that long-ass process for redesigning the city website? Believe it or not, we’ve finally hit the second and final phase of the project, where coders and techies will actually build the new site.

From the city’s public information office:

City releases RFP for phase II Web redesign project

The City of Austin today released its Phase II Request For Proposals for the AustinGO website redesign. In the second phase of the project, a vendor will be selected to implement the technology and design recommendations laid out during the first phase of the project.

The RFP comes as the City and local vendor SteelSMBology wind down the first phase of the project, which was focused on developing design, usability and content architecture recommendations.

The RFP asks qualified vendors to install and implement an enterprise-level Web Content Management System and migrate existing Web content to the new platform. Based on research conducted in Phase I, the City has selected three potential CMS solutions: Drupal, OpenText and SiteCore.

"This is a key milestone for this project," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who has championed the initiative. "Austin deserves a website that reflects our community's creativity, openness and technological savvy."

You can read more here.

Hopefully, this will represent the culmination of a long, stop-start process the Hustle has endeavored to keep an eye on. Stay tuned.

What the hell else is happening?

On the city calendar: The Council Committee for Emerging Technology and Telecommunications meets in the Boards and Commissions room at City Hall, 301 W. Second, 3pm.

The Downtown Commission meets in the B&C room at City Hall, 5:30pm.

The Environmental Board meets in City Hall’s Council Chambers, 6pm.

The Urban Forestry Board meets in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Board Room, 200 S. Lamar, 6:30pm.

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