And The New Senate Web Site Goes Live
May 7th, 2009

The new State Senate Web site launched today and offers a number of new features. There is individual pages for committees, senators and issues – all of which offer blogs, calendars, press releases and reports that can be subscribed to with RSS readers. You can even find your representative’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

(To find out what is being written about senators and Assembly members in the media, visit Gotham Gazette‘s state representatives page.)

Although there isn’t currently options for commenting on the blogs – including the full Senate blog – there is a new bill mark up page [fixed] where users can comment on legislation that is being debated and vote on other comments throughout.

There is also an ‘Open Data‘ section that will offer plain language versions of legislation and data from other levels of government. The first bill to offer this feature was the MTA bailout.

But the site is still a work in progress. They are working on a multilingual site, a mobile version and considering transcription technology for the live video stream. A new legislative search function should be rolled out within the next couple months. [UPDATE: The streaming videos are being archived uncut on the Senate YouTube channel.]

They are also seeking your input on what else can be done. An ‘unconference’ called Capitol Camp is planned for next month so citizens and civil servants can offer suggestions on how to improve the site and discuss ways technology can be used to make New York better. Although that Web site is not up, you can follow capitol Camp on Twitter for updates, and RSVP for the event, which will be held on June 5.

In the end, all of this is only useful if legislators, staffers and citizens use the new site. “A tool is only a good tool if people make good use of it,” says Andrew Hoppin, the Senate’s chief information officer and head of its new media effort.

By on May 7, 2009, 12:10 pm
In category: Albany,Governing,Measuring UP,Tech | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “And The New Senate Web Site Goes Live”

  1. Chris C Says:
    May 7th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Who designed it? It’s beautiful.

  2. Lou Says:
    May 7th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    erroneous link to publicmarkup.org
    link to “bill markup page” should be http://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/

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