Or lack thereof.
Ben Konop proposed decent ideas two-plus years ago, but they seem to have fizzled.
Open Source Software
June 2006 Ben Konop press release :
Based on estimates by the State of Massachusetts, which recently developed an open source software plan, switching to open source could amount to savings of $300 or more per user within the county. Thus, Lucas County taxpayers stand to save millions over the next several years with a new round of licensing and new products entering the market.“I’m not a computer expert, but I know a good deal for taxpayers when I see one,” stated Konop. “As Commissioner, I look forward to moving Lucas County into the 21st Century and saving taxpayers money in the process,” added Konop.
Ben said :
Related : Open Office - free desktop productivity software that runs on Windows and Linux/Unix.
March 2007 - Glass City Jungle - Another step towards Open Source Governing? :
Konop commented :
Only Konop and Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz have made blog postings. Gerken never joined in.
As of April 30, 2009, Wade's last blog posting was on Dec 26, 2008. In just over two years, Wade has made 15 blog postings on the county's Web site.
From Wade's first posting on May 8, 2007 :
Ben's last blog posting was on Dec 16, 2008. In just over two years, Ben has made 27 blog postings.
From Ben's first posting on Mar 22, 2007 :
With this in mind, I feel that having an active blog and official Lucas County blog will be an important step in providing better government. In fact, this will be the first official county government blog in all of Ohio! I am proud that our county will be leading the way in using technology to provide openness and accountability in public service.The word “blog” has some negative connotations when it comes to politicians. People automatically assume that blogs will be used to blast other officials, or play political games. But, that is not how I hope the Lucas County blog will work. I want to keep you informed of what is happening in county government and get your input on what we can do better. I hope that citizens will feel comfortable asking questions and posting comments about what I write. This informal dialogue will not only make you more aware of projects or initiatives that I work on, but hold me more accountable to you, the citizens of our county.
Lucas County Wiki
Aug 8, 2007 Konop blog posting :
The project, which will eventually include an open-source community calendar administered by the public itself, will help shine a light on community resources, encourage better and more efficient services, and allow local government to put its tools directly in the hands of its residents. I launched the site on August 3, the birthday of legendary Toledo Mayor Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones. Golden Rule Jones had it right: the people of a community must be able to speak for themselves. WikiLucasCounty is a perfect example of that important lesson and a tool to empower a local government of, by, and for the people.WikiLucasCounty is paid for entirely by my campaign committee and services were donated by Terry Biel a University of Toledo graduate student. Like the most popular wiki sites, WikiLucasCounty will be monitored by its users and the County will take steps to add filters only if problems arise with posted material.
WikiLucasCounty.com no longer exists. It may have lasted less than one year.
- August 2007 - Glass City Jungle - Lucas County Goes Wiki - 8 comments
- Wayback Machine Search on wikilucascounty.com
- WhoIs search shows Konop still owns the wikilucascounty.com domain name.
- Hamilton County Community Action Network Directory
- February 2007 - Wiki used to help pass bill - "the Utah House of Representatives passed the first Universal School Voucher bill in the nation. The bill is destined to become law according John Fund in the Wall Street Journal and was also the first real test of wikifying the legislative process."