Commonwealth fast-tracks open source publishing
Content publishers find a voice using Drupal.
In the digital space, where everyone has a voice, government publishing is coming into its own.
Open source software, now shared by the Commonwealth, makes developing digital content a breeze and engages more readily with communities.
A Drupal CMS platform now enables staff to share content with tech-savvy citizens. This offering is supported by integration around government standards and open information access.
There’re close to 500 known websites in use, according to official stats. This platform is built around an open architecture and offers the more intuitive access to DevOp publishing and content management tools.
The wide-scale adoption is influenced largely by the ease of use and functionality. The features incorporate govCMS, a centralised government website hosting platform that was added this year.
Endorsement of Drupal coincides with moves to create open and transparent government. The more stodgy sites are being replaced by better look and feel sites. These improve communication in fresh and more engaging ways.
In the interactive digital space, citizens can connect with government at all levels, while communicating with service delivery providers-cum-publishers. Open access publishing is supported by a more intuitive look and feel for sites.
Voice for everyone
The administration says that Drupal remains the leading open source content management platform. This platform offers everyone a voice and helps develop secure, sophisticated, flexible and robust web-sites.
There’s the bonus of tapping into social media networks, the more interesting web apps and reaching citizens, in their personal space.
Sharing aGov enables organisations to quickly and cost-efficiently deploy their websites. This initiative complements a national transition strategy that taps into the fast-growing community of Drupal users.
Before and after
The Commonwealth’s open source platform was developed and backed by PreviousNext. This home-grown company is flagged as one of Australia’s most experienced Drupal services’ firm. It managed the aGov deployment, including the evaluation, roll-out and adoption stages.
The administration says there’s no obligation to engage PreviousNext as the service provider. This firm does offer professional services to help build, host and maintain an aGov websites where the need arises.
PreviousNext is an approved supplier on AGIMO’s Data Centre as a Service (DCaaS) Multi-Use List. It also belongs to the ACCC Drupal Development and Support Services Panel, Queensland’s GITC, Victoria’s eServices Register and the NSW ICT Services Scheme (Advanced). This membership enables agencies to build Drupal projects around available expertise.
Among the functionality, aGov can be installed on a Linux or Windows hosting provider of choice in under 10 minutes. This is supported by advanced content management that’s typical of an enterprise-grade CMS.
The aGov focus is to leverage “out of the box” desktop, tablet and mobile platforms. This means there’s no need to create and update distinct versions. The base themes are customised, to build on responsive design and access.
Pre-populated content offers a palette of compliant colour schemes. These are switched to best match a brand. Moreover, a starter kit is modified quickly, by a front-end developer, where needed.
A publication management feature supports hosting and sharing capabilities. This repository incorporates public policy advice, white papers, administration updates, or documents of interest.