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NORTHEAST TRANSFORMED INTO SINGLE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY

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Content management solution is at the heart of regional development agency portal ...
Content management solution is at the heart of regional development agency portal

n-e-life.com, the new regional portal for the North East of England.

One of the major challenges for a portal such as n-e-life.com is ensuring that the wealth of information contained on the website is kept continually up-to-date and consistent, despite the fact that it covers a colossal range of topics - from constantly changing local news headlines to information on sports, societies, private and public sector procurement opportunities, tourist information and employment opportunities.

To achieve this, One NorthEast is working with Mediasurface and its partner KMS, to implement Mediasurface's content management application software, which will ensure that the information on the portal is always accurate and up-to-date.

Maitland Hyslop, head of knowledge, information and ICT, of One NorthEast said: 'At One NorthEast, we are committed to providing our citizens and businesses with an online service that is second to none, and that is why we have developed n-e-life.com. However, the success of our venture relies on the accuracy of the information at all times. The Mediasurface content management solution enables the businesses who contribute to the site to make changes to their information as often as necessary, using a simple template system, which ensures that the content of the site is up to date and correct at all times - no matter what time of day our visitors choose to access the site.'

Content management is the term used to describe the management of change over a diverse range of content assets, content rules and infrastructure.

By allowing business users, rather than technicians, to make changes to the content, rules and structure of their websites, established business processes minimise disruption and ensure a rapid implementation.

One NorthEast is the Regional Development Agency for the North East of England. It was established by the government in April 1999 to develop a strategy for the economic development of the region by encouraging new investment and entrepreneurial growth. The agency was also designed to fuel the expansion and development of educational opportunities, and the redevelopment of the region's industries as well as urban and rural infrastructures.

n-e-life.com is a joint venture between One NorthEast and the private sector. The electronic portal is a gateway into the internet that aims to revolutionise the way businesses and individuals in the region communicate with each other and the rest of the world. As part of the government's e-agenda, n-e-life.com educates individuals and organisations in e-techniques and permits cost-effective communications across the region.

The portal comprises four key interlinking elements; Business, Lifestyle, Community and E-government. Within these sections visitors to the portal are able to do anything from checking the latest local news to taking advantage of special offers and promoting their businesses for free. The site will also provide e-mail and internet services for all within the region, at extremely cost-effective rates. This service will be enhanced over time to provide businesses, SMEs in particular, with electronic services to enable them to become more competitive.

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