Revitalising the Hackney Intranet: Weeknotes w/c 9/9/2019

Welcome to the first official week notes for the Revitalising the Hackney Intranet project!

What is this project you ask? Well, the intranet is packing up and moving to WordPress. How? You may be wondering. Well, +Mohamed Mulla has copied the WordPress instance of the new Hackney public-facing website as the basis of the intranet, you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve kept up to date with +Susan McFarland-Lyons Re-Engineering Hackney Content week notes.

So, we are currently using the same seven blocks that +Carolina Gaspari designed for the public site to copy over the intranet content. This includes content, anchor links, accordions, featured message, iFrame, contact and image. The purpose of this is that it makes the process a lot easier than having to design and code new blocks, and saves a lot of time and money in the process. You can have a look at some completed pages for the public-facing website here

The intranet is currently home to over 4000 pages, but, amazingly +Jennifer Riley and +Hannah Saunders have managed to cut that down to 500, making this a slightly less enduring task than the internet content move… we hope.

Hannah is also taking on the challenge of tackling the ‘News’ section of the intranet where we have articles dating back to 2016. The news also currently only exists under two categories, ‘Latest News’ and ‘Get Involved’. To make it easier for staff to navigate their way through, Jennifer and Hannah have taken this opportunity to create more categories for different news posts. This is the list as we have it so far; Benefits, Diversity & Equality, Environmental Sustainability, Events & Activities, Facilities, Hackney News, Health & Wellbeing, ICT Blog, Offers & Discounts, Opportunities and Hackney Managers News.

Along the way, there has been discussion around how we can house news separately, within the context of being a more transparent organisation and potentially opening up more. It is likely we will need to call on design expertise further down the line. However, as we are on a tight schedule with the deadline of our GOSS account expiring at the end of September, moving the content over is our priority.

So a final update on where we are. Myself, Jennifer, Hannah, +Bruno Giachero, +Nadine Davis, +Liam Matthews Murray and +Hidayat Deen have been carrying out the content population for the last 7 days. We are over 300 pages down, and if we continue at this rate we will be well away before the GOSS deadline.

Let us hope it remains as smooth a ride as it currently is… * she says completely ignoring the pain of converting eDOCS. *

One thought on “Revitalising the Hackney Intranet: Weeknotes w/c 9/9/2019”

  1. It’ll be very interesting to see how this combines with the idea of a wiki for HackIT being expanded for the rest of the Council.

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