Archive for October, 2011
In its 16th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. “The goal of every government website is to provide online services and information to constituents,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. Corpus Christi’s Mobile CC, powered by CitySourced, was recognized as a leader in Government-to-Citizen City Government Category.
Industry leader American City & County recently published a fantastic article highlighting CitySoruced and our work with Corpus Christi.
Excerpt from the article: While people still attend town hall and city council meetings to express their frustrations and concerns, many more people — by an order of magnitude — now interact with their local governments without ever stepping foot into municipal buildings. Instead, they use their smart devices to lodge a complaint or to alert public safety and public works about an incident or problem.
It is a phenomenon that is expected to grow, fueled in part by the continuing proliferation of smart phones. According to a study released in July by the Pew Research Center, 35 percent of American adults currently own smart phones; of those in the 25-34 age bracket, 58 percent own smart phones. There is little reason to believe that those numbers will not continue to grow in an aggressive fashion.
Social networking also is fueling the new era of citizen engagement, according to Michael Armstrong, CIO for Corpus Christi, Texas. “Almost all politicians now have Facebook pages, and they’re becoming very comfortable with connecting to people that way,” Armstrong says. “We also have a group of young people coming up who communicate entirely differently than the past several generations. They are connected all the time, and they are social. But they don’t connect face to face — or even voice to voice — anymore. Instead, they’re using the technologies that are available to them on their computers and, increasingly, on their phones.” To read more click here
Our partners at Esri invited us to join them in their booth at the ICMA conference again this year. We attended last year in San Jose, and this year was a much different vibe. There seemed to be an increased focus on civic engagement, plus a heightened sense of just how much things are changing in the world, and in our own domestic markets. We even met a delegation from the Chinese government about how they can use crowd sourced technology. They were interested in our Reno NV Bike & Ped Planning Project. Can you imagine?
One thing is for sure, we’re working closely with our friends at Esri to do our part to transform civic engagement. Our approach to this transformation is to work from the inside out and help our public sector cliental connect broken workflow and optimize input channels. Our “Channel Shift” strategy is all positive results, and that’s something we all like.
Chris Thomas, Director of Marketing, State & Local Government at Esri with Kurt Daradics, Co-Founder at CitySourced.
Smartphones are everywhere. For many of us, the devices have become an extension of our being. We text, check movie times, and check-in our current location. It’s natural and comfortable for us to pull out our mobiles and send out tweet or status update. But have you ever stopped to considered which activities dominate on the smartphone? The team at Tatango created the following infographic with data compiled from the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project
Most of you, and especially those in the tech world, have heard the news that we lost one of the great ones. The passing of Steve Jobs will bring many articles and stories about his legacy. Many will describe how his vision and the Apple technology drove our society into the greatest technology era ever. But, that’s not the focus of this post; instead, I’d like to discuss how Steve Jobs personally influenced us here at CitySourced. Our CEO, Jason Kiesel, said it best: