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We’re in Beta testing

It’s taken a bit longer than planned, but the first of the INandAROUND community websites is now into Beta testing!

westmarsh.inandaround.org.uk is our first ‘live’ site – covering the West Marsh ward of Grimsby.

Why this one? Because I had to start somewhere and VANEL currently has a few projects and development workers operating across West Marsh, so we know the area and it seemed a good place to start.

What does Beta testing mean?

In this case it means I’m seeking lots and lots of constructive critisism! Our staff, local development workers and those active within West Marsh are being asked to look over the website and give feedback.

I’m looking for problems and bugs, missing content and errors, design and layout issues and ideas, usability problems, future enhancements and more.

If you happen to be glancing over the site and have some feedback then email me direct at karl@vanel.org.uk.

What happens next?

After feedback, work on the site will continue for a while. Content will be improved, technical issues will be fixed and at some point the site will be ready for launch to the community at large.

What about the rest of INandAROUND?

West Marsh is just our trial site – the first of many.  Fourteen more sites (covering the rest of the wards in North East Lincolnshire) are also in preparation, and when West Marsh is ready the others will follow suit quickly.  There is also a more general North East Lincolnshire site which will direct visitors to the right site.

All of this is under construction – we’re taking a staged and prototyping approach at the moment.

What is it??

Primarily the West Marsh INandAROUND site is an online version of the Community Directory created, managed and curated by VANEL.  The directory is there for download, but all the contents (and lots more) is now available online and kept up to date there.

So the focus for each site is currently the ‘community places’ which were in the published Community Directories.

But there are also organisations, services and people too.

Too much to explain in one blog post – so visit the site and let me have your feedback.

Keep watching this blog for updates and news.

Thanks.

Karl Elliott
Development Hub Manager at VANEL
IT Support Manager and lead on the INandAROUND project.

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