This month, the AustinGo team completed our seventh ‘Sprint.’
A ‘Sprint’ is a six- to eight-week work session in which the communications and technology teams work together on strategic goals to bring increased functionality, structure, and appeal to Austintexas.gov.
Below is a list of some of the great new features and updates to the site:
This feature allows web users to quickly skip to the content they want on a page that would otherwise be text-heavy. Here’s an example: www.austintexas.gov/applibrary
Advanced Surveys and Forms
We tested a product to help us create more advanced surveys and forms. These would be used for special forms that need functionality not available in Drupal. The key feature is logic, which can change the remaining questions based on answers to previous questions.
Data Portal Automation
We researched a way to allow the Data Portal to automatically integrate updates to its dataset. This would provide increased government transparency and enhance the ease-of-use and access to the data for developers.
Flickr galleries can now be embedded into pages.
Calendar events can now be tagged to multiple departments’ pages (for instance, an event could appear on both Economic Development and ATX Grand Prix). We have also made a change to the appearance of events – they no longer display a department’s banner at the top.
When you print an Austintexas.gov page, you now receive a much cleaner version of the printed page.
Asset Server Clean-up
The Assets Server, which is a storage system for files, has been cleaned up. We were able to clear out almost all of the leftovers files from the City’s old website, Austin City Connection.
Department Homepage Titles
We worked with department liaisons to eliminate a problem of repeating titles on department homepages’. These changes have helped improve the visual structure/appeal of the pages.
There are many more updates to Austintexas.gov to come! If you have any feedback on how we can improve the site, please let us know.