Setting up the website
It may seem strange, but this is the easiest part of the project and consists of just six steps::
Find a name and place for the Observatory website
Obtain a domain name and a place to host the new website. The shorter and clearer the name, the better. Examples of domains for the Citizens’ Municipal Observatory of the Town Council of Portsmouth: www.cmoportsmouth.uk, www.portsmouthobservatory.uk, www.citizensportsmouth.uk, www.cmoport.uk.
Download the OCAX software
Go to the project’s wiki to download, install and learn to use the OCM’s website. Click here to access. Remember that this only has to be done once, and if you don’t know how to do it we can help you. It’s not complicated for someone who has a basic knowledge of web programming.
Fill it with the content that better adapts to you. Who are you? What do you want to do? How are you organized? How can you be contacted?…
Practice with the application
Make tests to better understand how the management of enquiries work, how to modify content, how to add a new pages, how to manage different user profiles on the website. All of this is covered in the manuals you can download here.
Start uploading data
Upload the budgetary data of your town council. The tool we have created allows to do it in a very simple way, in a spreadsheet format.
You have everything set up! Now you only need to…
Decide what will be the legal way in which the enquiries you are going to send to the town council will be signed: you will need an ID number. Keep in mind that the users of the website won’t need to identify themselves. This signature can be assumed by a person in your municipality, an existing entity or a new entity. The group in Barcelona has opted for the last option, making a new association just for the OCM, and they can provide their regulations.