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NYSenate.gov - An overview of using Drupal for Legislative Environments
For the past two years, NYSenate.gov, a drupal site, has been serving the 19 million citizens with 62 Senator websites, 44 Committee sites, the Senate's Open Data portal, and the Senate-wide calendar with integrated livestream and archive video integration. For this proposed session, I would review the site's history, architecture, modules and administrative workflow. I would also review the bureaucracy backbone that makes the site run.
This presentation would last 30-45 mins, followed by a question and answer session.
Background of the presenter:
Starting in February 2009, Noel Hidalgo helped the newly appointed NY Senate CIO, Andrew Hoppin, envision a new role for technology in the Legislature. First, the CIO depoliticized technology. Then, demonstrated that a talented and flat organization could invent and implement transformative programs, and revolutionize Open Government. Noel's primary project was to architect and project manage the NYSenate.gov website. This project included the daily oversight of design and engineering, training and support of 62 Senator websites, 44 Committee sites, the Senate's Open Data portal, and the Senate-wide calendar with integrated livestream and archive video integration. The project team consisted of five departments comprised of 135 team members and Senate users.
The launch of NYSenate.gov, in May 2009, was the first product in a suite of award-winning tools known as the "Open Senate program" ( http://open.nysenate.gov ). Within this program, Noel oversaw the integration and coordination of NYSenate.gov, OpenLegislation, OpenData, Mobile apps, and Open Events into a single, shared brand. Additionally, he spearheaded the polices that made the New York Senate our nation's first State legislative body to adopt open copyright policies and software code licensing by default.