NET 24 - Case Study - Jo Byron
Internationally, the methods used by local councils to engender a sense of community are very similar. The content is always informative, diverse and extensively inclusive, the sites themselves display some level of interactivity and the presentation usually includes graphics of local scenery or images depicting various aspects of local life. All of the websites researched included the following subjects and/or facilties:
the sites let their users know what their goals/visions are and what
they hope to accomplish for the community. The better sites give contact
details with names and titles, as well as telephone numbers, which "humanises"
the site, thus creating a more approachable environment.
above items are ways in which residents may be stimulated to take interest
in their immediate locale and become involved in community affairs.
Outright requests for online feedback from the council encourage participation,
so do online synchronous and asynchronous chat forums. Even the standard
email contact has its merits in promoting an online community. It too
is a means by which citizens contact their council to give