Progessive Cities Deploy “Open Source” Software & Save Huge $$

Northglenn, Colorado is one example of a city that has saved money by replacing older Microsoft Windows-centric “nickel and dime you to death” solutions with “open source” based solutions. Christine Martinez, who was a City of Northglenn system analyst at the time of that city’s switch, was a presenter at the 2007 National Association of Government Webmasters Conference. Her presentation included a very nice slideshow outlining the process.

You can either view her presentation via Google Docs or click on the image below to download the presentation as a printable version exported to an Adobe PDF file — it’s a fairly large (3.41 MB) download, but it also includes all the speaker’s notes.

This slide from the presentation gives an overview of how the city of Northglenn, CO uses open source to digitally record and stream meeting content on demand to any potential listener at the listener's convenience.
This slide from the presentation gives an overview of how the city of Northglenn, CO uses open source software to digitally record their meetings, as well as deliver the digtally recorded content from the meeting on demand to anyone who requests it. By using the internet as the delivery mechansim, the entire process is completely automated.
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