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West Berkshire Council uses Web 2.0 based on technology from GOSS Interactive

This month West Berkshire Council becomes one of the first local authorities in the country to launch a new Web 2.0 style 'drag and drop' home page for its 2,500 Intranet users. The new site uses the Web Content Management Solution from GOSS Interactive - iCM, intelligent Content Management.

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The new content rich staff Intranet called "MyIntranet" uses many features associated with Web 2.0, making use of content from many different sources. Not only are users able to customise the look and feel of the intranet they can now add, remove and re-order content widgets in any combination they wish to MyIntranet. In addition, there are social network style elements that engender cross organisation teambuilding and co-operation in areas of the authority that would otherwise not engage with each other.

Information regarding Council news, services and delivery, and specific department data is also published and can be tailored right down to team level by information managers all over the organisation through iCM's integration with the Council's HR system.

Phil Rumens, Web Development Manager at West Berkshire Council comments, "Giving staff the ability to personalise their home page enables them to view just the information that they need at any one time. iCM from GOSS Interactive makes our intranet easily adaptable and is helping to make our working lives a little easier."

West Berkshire has partnered with GOSS for three years with the Council's Web Development Team building on GOSS's work to create this solution. "Whether you're proficient only in basic website design or have a background in creating complex .NET applications, GOSS' technology creates a platform that can be customised and built upon at many different levels depending on one's aptitude".

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