We are pleased to announce the successful launch of the new website for North East Ambulance Service.
The website coincides with the announcement that NEAS have achieved NHS Foundation Trust status.
The new Umbraco website replaces an old Frontpage built and managed website. With its new design, and choice of CMS, NEAS can quickly publish content for users across their supported districts.
This is not a blog post specifically pushing websites, content management systems or even Auros’ (excellent) services. It’s not even a blog post about why the public sector should embrace open source software (although clearly they should if they haven’t already). If you are a public sector organisation this is a blog post about how Umbraco can help you!
Okay, let’s take a moment to look at some key public sector potentially aspirational online objectives:
- More for less – provide better services for less money
- Channel shift – move from traditional expensive service delivery methods to “self-service”
- Make access to data more open
Other things I think public sector should be looking to do online:
- Mobilise power of public sector – lots of skills out there waiting to be harnessed
- Promote culture of sharing, re–use and collaborative development
- Take advantage of latest cool technologies to aid objectives up ^there^
I believe that Umbraco can be a valuable tool in helping you to achieving all of these goals.
Today we are excited to release our new project onto the Umbraco Community for download.
The project is aimed around building a set of packages which can aid towards implementing commonly required functions on public sector websites. Currently the project contains five Umbraco packages:
- Access keys - allows accessibility keys to be defined for a website.
- A to Z - enables editors to easily include pages in an alphabetical directory.
- Accessibility report - enables accessibility reports to be run against Umbraco pages.
- FAQ - enables directories to be setup within the website
- Taxonomy - provides a screen to allow content to be categorised against a taxonomy.
This project is the product of much effort in development and testing at Auros HQ! We hope this is the start of something great for Umbraco, open source and the public sector community so keep an eye on our project page as this is just the beginning with much more to come!