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www.southwilts.com communities online
  • Steve Milton
  • South Wiltshire Strategic Alliance

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www.southwilts.com?
  • A community development tool
  • Enables local people, groups and businesses to
    build maintain websites
  • No HTML, XML or Java!
  • In fact, no technical stuff at all!
  • Just type and go!
  • 100 free for users!

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Our Aim
  • Improve access to community information
  • Promote community groups activities
  • Promote local businesses and the rural economy
  • Improve access to public services
  • Improve communication between communities
  • Designed managed by the community
  • Self sustaining
  • Meet ODPM eGov outcomes

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Funding
  • Funded by Govt. ePathfinder scheme
  • Wiltshire Swindon awarded 1.4m
  • One of 25 projects
  • Complex bidding process
  • Partnership approach
  • 46k for www.southwilts.com

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Involving the Community
  • User group established at the outset
  • Design Workshop
  • Developed the Specification
  • Tested the site
  • Local super-users and champions
  • Will manage the site as a Charity in the future
  • Site acts as online consultation tool for the LSP

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Developing the Site
  • Selected a local company - Cravenplan
  • A commercial partnership
  • A complex contract
  • Cravenplan retain a stake
  • Cravenplan private investment of 30,000
  • Rewritten programme as an off the shelf eGov tool

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Sustainability
  • No ongoing cost to local Taxpayers
  • Revenue costs funded by commercial sponsorship
  • Community provides and manages content
  • User Group will take over management once
    sponsorship exceeds costs

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Features of the Site
  • Trusted Users
  • Template driven page creation
  • Advertisements
  • Job vacancies
  • Online Diary
  • Online eZine
  • Mailing lists
  • Self policing

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Is it working?
  • Currently 520 community sites hosted
  • 6.6m hits since Jan 2004
  • 387,000 hits In August 2005
  • 35,000 pages of local information viewed every
    month
  • 2,500 annual revenue from sponsors
  • System now procured up and running in Oxfordshire

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Where now?
  • More promotional work locally
  • All Councillors online by end 2005
  • Drive up sponsorship income to 5,000
  • Launch Phase 3 improvements
  • Cravenplan invested 30,000 in nationwide
    marketing

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www.southwilts.com communities online
  • Steve Milton
  • South Wiltshire Strategic Alliance
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