August 14, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
San Jose, California's San Jose 2020 General Plan began in 1994, and recently got some technical upgrades. An online video outlines the planning process and details some of the characteristics of great cities around the world, including:
Most of all, says the video, great cities are great places ot live work and play.
Sample survey question results from San Jose's Wikiplanning system:
To help San Jose achieve some of those characteristics, the city has employed some Web 2.0 features, such as wikiplanning, where residents can weigh in on matters of importance, take a survey, comment on the plan, and become a participant in the process.
Wikiplanning begins with an introduction and welcome by City Manager Debra Figone, then Michael Brilliot Senior Planner for Envision San Jose 2040 gives a guided tour of the Wiki process and how the visitor can contribute.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.