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Digital Publishing for Planners

This course identifies popular digital publishing methods, and explains tradeoffs between user-friendly self-publishing tools and premium hosting services.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (95 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2017
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. Why Digital Publishing? (10 mins)
  • 3. What is Digital Publishing? (16 mins)
  • 4. Publishing with Tangerine (12 mins)
  • 5. Methods (19 mins)
  • 6. Reality Check (5 mins)
  • 7. Selecting a Digital Publishing Method (16 mins)
  • 8. Building a Campaign (5 mins)
  • 9. Testing, Evaluation, and Implementation (6 mins)

Course Description

The printed page is not extinct, but electronic publishing is becoming a standard format for the digital age. From page-flipping online documents to custom-built web sites, there are dozens of applications and services for publishing documents online. But which methods are best for publishing long, highly structured documents —like zoning codes—online? And how does one approach this task without prior experience building web sites?  

This course identifies popular digital publishing methods, and explains tradeoffs between user-friendly self-publishing tools and premium hosting services. Examples of real-world urban planning publications are provided, along with a description of software used to support various publishing methods. The course also explains how to approach the daunting task of converting complex documents into a web-based format, including project management tips oriented toward those working in public sector organizations. Finally, the course describes key logistics involved in deploying, testing, and maintaining new software and work products.  

Through this course you will learn best practices for publishing interactive documents in a feature-rich, web-ready format. This course is appropriate for planners new to digital publishing, as well as experienced professionals who want fresh insights and a glimpse of the next generation of online publishing. Chapters may be viewed individually, but the course is best viewed sequentially, as key terms and concepts build from one chapter to the next.

Learn these skills

  • Communications & Media
  • Writing

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits. 

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1.5 SACPLAN CPD point. 

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Pete Sullivan

Pete Sullivan

Pete Sullivan, AICP, is Senior Development Services Manager in Durham, North Carolina’s City-County Development Services Center.

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