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Edmonton's improved online City Council meeting agendas & minutes - MasterMaq.ca Blog
A little over a week ago a new online system for Edmonton City Council's meeting agendas and minutes went live. The long overdue update brings a number of improvements for public access, notably an integrated view of all information on the same screen. As someone who frequently accesses the agendas and minutes, I'm really happy the old system is gone, and at least so far, I think the new one is great! The previous system for managing agendas and minutes, built in-house about 15 years ago, was called OCCTOPUS (Official Council and Committee Tracking Output Publishing and Updating Services). If you've never used it, consider yourself lucky! Based on Microsoft Word documents, OCCTOPUS was clunky and awkward to use. To get at the details for an agenda item, you often had to click through four connected Word documents. It always reminded me of the ETS Trip Planner, which loves to spawn dozens of new windows. If you want to see the old system, check out the minutes for the November 10th