- this comment from October 2003:
it is a product of bureaucrats who were charged with creating the sort of project — a “regional portal” — that hasn’t been warmly received by the web intelligentsia for 5 or 6 years. TownSquare.ca is ugly and poorly organized because nobody with any sense would spend any time on a project which, in the end, doesn’t actually make any sense in the first place;
- an Industry Canada critique of the project:
...Post project agreements will need to more thoroughly address the issues of portal ownership and operational responsibilities. The Town Square portal operating today is generating revenues from sources that weren't part of the original plan (e.g. microsites hosting and export of the portal product) and is on the road to sustainability.I was unaware of any period when the micro-sites was not a key part of the proposal.
Contingency plans should allow sufficient time for a portal to reach sustainability. "This may involve clear commitments from project partners beyond the term of one-time government project funding." says Hendricken. "It may also include additional or interim funding sources."
Death Of A Portal
Posted by Alan McLeod on Friday, May 20, 2005 in News, Politics, Events, Web, Blogging and Computers - 7 comments