Ever pondered what your city’s website would look like in a non-digital format, as a physical object? If you live in Austin, wonder no more!
For this year’s Digital Inclusion Week, the City’s Office of Design and Delivery put together an exhibit of all the portable document format (PDF) forms hosted on the city’s website, austintexas.gov. The installation, which displayed over 500 PDF forms, was only a fraction of the 6,566 PDF documents that currently exist on the city’s website.
The goal of the installation was to create awareness about the need to digitize services. Besides cutting down on paper, digitization (when done right) makes services more accessible. If you want to learn about other digitization efforts, and why they’re so important, check out the work done in Boston by Josh Gee. Or the work done at the federal level by the U.S. Digital Services.
“So this is what the internet would look like in real life.”
- Installation attendee
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