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Birmingham City Council spent a lot of money on a new website. It was a bit crap. Then they said that one of the reasons it had cost so much was because moving content from one system to another is a big deal and you have to pay a lot of people to do it (they were doing it manually, copy-paste style), and they couldn’t have things like RSS feeds because it would all be a bit expensive and difficult. So over breakfast I scraped the site and built a bunch of the missing features, then over a two week period collaborated with a few other folk to create a wish list for what a council site could and should be, the results ending up as BCCDIY. It’s a two week experiment, so it’s shaky in places, and remains online only for reference purposes.