Happy New Year!

Here is a brief round-up of news and projects that have been keeping us busy in recent weeks.



2014 kicks off with the launch of Ipswich Borough Council’s new corporate website [click here for link]. The website, which went live on 20th January, was designed, built and configured by Portal project partners JDi Solutions and Artychoke. The new website is the 3rd corporate local authority website to be built by JDi Solutions using the open source Drupal development software hosted on its own servers. The company has created a pre-configured version of the Drupal system that has been developed specifically for local authority websites and which provides a range of ‘out of the box’ features and functions common to local authority websites and CMS. A full article about the project will be published on the Portal next month.

At the start of 2014 the Web Publishing Portal was awarded a contract to produce 4 unique interactive programs for touch screen kiosks. The programs will be developed for use on Apple iPads and will contain content and features designed to promote walking, cycling and environmental information relating to specific areas along the North Wales coast. The Portal project partners are Blue Fox Technology, Artychoke and Cobalt Techno. More details soon. 

Blue Fox Technology is currently upgrading its Opus online map publishing software. In the second half of 2013 the company picked up contracts with the West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit and with the London Borough of Bexley to use the software in the development of online mapping in support of their Local Plan programmes. Under its SaaS licence West Northamptonshire JPU will be integrating the maps it develops and publishes from Opus with other documents and databases it makes available to the public online via its dedicated JPU website. A full article on this project will appear here once the first online map is up and running.