Nottingham City Council (NCC) has today launched ‘My Nottingham’ with Web Content Management from GOSS Interactive.
My Nottingham aims to provide a website of choice for the people of the city: a one-stop-shop for information for residents and visitors. In addition to providing all the latest information about the local services provided by the City Council, it enables users to build their own customised homepage by adding content from external sites. Users can choose to receive information via RSS web feeds on a wide range of other topics.
NCC selected GOSS to build the website and supply the Web Content Management system to help the team manage and maintain it. GOSS iCM (intelligent Content Management) delivers: improved usability and workflow for site contributors, the ability to delegate administrative tasks to broaden ownership and drive efficiency, and website compliance with modern web standards.
GOSS iCM includes tools enabling NCC to engage its citizens in new ways by employing Web 2.0 technologies without incurring extra costs. Users are encouraged to interact with the Council via polls, surveys and social book-marking. Each user can personalise their homepage by including embedded links to their favourite sites and tools such as Facebook and Gmail. 30 RSS feeds are available to access, or the user can add others. All this content can be moved around the page to enhance the user’s personal experience and to reflect their preferences.
Nottingham City Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins, said: "The web is becoming an increasingly important way for us to reach our customers with information about our services. We're obviously keen to get as many people as possible visiting our site on a regular basis so we've broadened its appeal by making it customisable. People can access a whole range of other sites from within the same page, whether it's their web mail, the latest news from the BBC, social media sites like Twitter
and Facebook or news about their favourite football team."
James Steele, Web Manager at Nottingham City Council said “We needed a Content Management System that enabled us to build a site that had the functionality we were looking for with the ability for users to personalise content. Value for money was also an important consideration.”
In addition to making the site easier to manage for the web team, improved usability will help NCC drive the efficiency of online transactions and administration.
Rob McCarthy, Managing Director at GOSS Interactive adds, “My Nottingham is a visually appealing and engaging site which takes advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to interact with users and provide relevant local information and services. GOSS iCM enables the Council to administer the site with ease, to keep the content fresh and dynamic. The flexibility of GOSS iCM enables the site can evolve to meet future needs.”
About GOSS Interactive
GOSS Interactive facilitates the delivery of business goals in the online environment, enabling organisations to keep their websites agile and relevant. Through its Intelligent Content Management (iCM) software suite, GOSS Interactive provides websites and the technology to maintain them, hosting services for websites, intranets, extranets and e-commerce tools.
GOSS Interactive supplies solutions to an impressive portfolio of central and local government authorities, as well as high-tech industries and professional services including Brittany Ferries, Virgin Trains, Wrigley and GMTV.
For further information visit www.gossinteractive.com
For further information contact:
Helen Stevens/Carly Rudrum
T. 01454 629 741
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