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#diwd New York State Senate: New Regime, New Web Mandate

Dec 14, 2009, 12:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Before starting, Hoppin and others had to research and learn the legalities and issues involved with hosting their site and anything linked to voters off site. New policies had to be put into place for privacy and other legal reasons.

"The magic is accomplished with Drupal core plus 131 other modules. Views was used to create the site's Petitions capability. CCK is behind blog posts constituents can upload, events, committee hearings and more.

"In addition to existing modules, 19 custom modules were created, and 5 more are on their way. The custom code currently lives on Github and will eventually become contrib modules on Drupal.org, hopefully maintained through collaboration between his office and others since he has only one full-time developer.

"Outside of the web, the NY state Senate also started using video conferencing and IRC for distributed meetings and Redmine for bug and feature tracking. All of the changes had to be socialized and trained across Senate staff. New communications and PR processes had to be put into place, along with new tools, workflows and clear guidelines as to what was and wasn't allowed."

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