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How WordPress Changed the Face of Croatian Politics

How WordPress Changed the Face of Croatian Politics

The basic idea of WordPress was to redefine online publishing by allowing anyone to easily publish their articles. More than 10 years later, we used WordPress as an open source publishing platform to build a website for one of the largest cities in Croatia. I’ll tell you a story of how the city of Rijeka decided to go with open source software and how the people reacted to everything being open sourced as well. One of the first large-scale “design in the open” projects in Croatia is defining standards for future web development. We’re discussing the web design process, sharing knowledge with the public and asking citizens to be a part of the redesign effort. By delivering designs, HTML and CSS, WordPress theme and documents like Content Strategy and Accessibility Guidelines – we’re redefining what the public website should look like. And with the help of WordPress we’re promoting the power of publishing and transparency. Last but not least – I’ll tell you how the city of Rijeka helped us organise our first WordCamp Croatia in 2015, by believing in the power of WordPress.

Emanuel Blagonic

April 09, 2016

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  1. “ A lack of transparency results in distrust and a

    deep sense of insecurity. DALAI LAMA
  2. 2014 TRANSPARENCY SURVEY RESULTS — GONG conducted 3 surveys: in

    2009, 2011 and 2014 — Average score for 2014 is 5.91 — 98% of local governments have a website but without required information — Rijeka was the most transparent city in Croatia in each survey with a score of 9.61 in 2014
  3. OUR APPROACH — We wanted to make a better city

    website. — We wanted to open source it. — We wanted to design it in the open. — We wanted to make it accessible to everyone. — We wanted everything disclosed.
  4. QUESTIONS — How to even start working with Rijeka without

    public bid? — How will the public react? — What will be the professional community reaction? — Is this enough of a budget?