Archives: March 2013

Using the Web in Earthquake Recovery

The Canterbury earthquake of February 22nd 2013 created a huge demand for the public to access information about their property and surroundings. Interactive online maps helped provide this, but dealing with very high peak load demands, data coming from multiple sources, and time pressure, meant CERA and its technology vendors had to innovate in the way they were delivered. Continue reading Using the Web in Earthquake Recovery

We Built a Site Just to Throw it Away

We’ve just completed the ‘alpha’ phase of the project to redevelop newzealand.govt.nz by creating a prototype website. Prototyping is a method used to get feedback from users about future designs. In recent times, many governments around the world have used prototyping as a way of increasing the user-centred focus of the site they’re building. We built our prototype site knowing … Continue reading We Built a Site Just to Throw it Away

Newzealand.govt.nz—Beta Kick-off

Ready, steady, go! The Digital Engagement team at the Department of Internal Affairs now has approval to move into the next phase of redeveloping newzealand.govt.nz. We have finished the alpha phase, and on Wednesday 6 March 2013 we kicked off the beta phase. It’s exciting stuff. Let me share with you the problem we’re trying to fix, the options we … Continue reading Newzealand.govt.nz—Beta Kick-off

Multi-Channel Publishing

At Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage we’re starting to look beyond our current websites to re-imagine how we produce content and information for New Zealanders. We see it as a two-pronged: large-scale content syndication through APIs and the like, and discrete, tailored packages of content that we can distribute across many channels. Continue reading Multi-Channel Publishing