#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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