This is yet another casualty of the city's exploding deficit; in the 2007-08 budget; Vincent notes that his department was given "an initiative to redo the entire city Web site, to redo a new content management system." Time -- and, inevitably, money -- was sunk into this. Public Information Officers were polled as to what they would need and services were sought that would allow greater use of streaming video and other multimedia tools. And then -- boom -- back to the apparently penny-wise, pound-foolish status quo.
Well, not quite. At least five city sites are already hosted by Visions, or will be in a week's time -- The Treasure Island Authority, Board of Supervisors, Mayor's Office, Film Commission and S.F. Government TV (which had been on a different server than other city sites, Granicus, which specializes in government streaming media). Up to eight more city Web sites may be transferred to Visions in the coming months. And, who knows -- if it really does save money and effort, perhaps people in government will notice. That's how it works in the real world, anyhow.
Finally, in other city Web site-related news, the Department of Technology completely remade the Ethics Commission's site as a typead page, just to see if it's feasible. Apparently it is -- you can even get an RSS feed, which is nice. On the other hand, while this move was requested by Ethics' leadership, it was executed with absolutely no fanfare whatsoever -- not a peep to the site's frequent users and even staffers were purportedly kept in the dark.
How did we find out? Links from our online articles to Ethics' documents stopped working. And that kinda sucks for us -- but at least it doesn't cost the city any more money.