Content and Readability


What can we do to improve the content on federal websites to make it more readable, engaging, and useful?

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Syndicate Content to Create Consistency Across the Nation

For every federal program that is carried out on the local level, there are at least 50 states who replicate that content and thousands of counties who do so as well. Rather than so many descriptions of, say, SNAP [old food stamp program], provide local agencis with the basics in syndicated format -- and written in plain language -- that they can integrate into their pages. CDC does some of this already.

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Safe environment to share ideas

I am a former teacher and I have many ideas I feel can influence education and the way students learn. However I do not have the skills to program my ideas. A website that allowed individuals to share ideas without losing ownership to them is my suggestion. This way people can expose their ideas to programmers, policy makers, researchers, teachers, and the public. My fear is if I share my ideas openly, someone else ...more »

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Make all content on a .gov available via API

Some government websites are offering data sets via webservices (e.g. APIs), in the model of NOAA's weather data that is consumed by many other websites dynamically. This is possible with the actual content of the website, too - press releases, blog posts, information pages, etc. The FCC has released a Drupal module that automatically publishes all of the content on the website via API - http://drupal.org/project/contentapi. ...more »

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Avoid Adobe PDF, Flash, Office Docs! Use Only HTML Forms & Docs

Avoid the use of these proprietary formats which require external plugins and are usually never accessible. HTML is always the most accessible and universal format that works on all devices from Cell Phones to Kindles to iPads. HTML is open source and does not require expensive tools like Adobe Acrobat Professional or Flash to develop. HTML is indexable by search engines and makes it easier for the public to find the ...more »

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Removing Content and Files

Although there is smart search engine technology such as Google, finding quality content is increasingly more difficult. The primary reason why this is so difficult is the exponential growth in content that is only briefly of value. In addition, once posted, most content is seldom reviewed, updated, or removed. Searching among the waste is not the solution. This vast sea of irrelevant content not only waste time, it ...more »

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Mobile Web - Natural Language and AI

The projections are that over 50% of population will primarily be accessing the web on mobile devices -- NOT tablets, but, smaller screen phones. Government sites are information heavy, creating dense text or complex navigation -- both of which are highly problematic on small screens. The solution is using conversational AI engines and natural language processing specifically tailored for "conversational mobile" engagement. ...more »

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Implement Content Strategy Best Practices

Government websites need content strategy guidelines for best practices so there will be people trained and dedicated to the content process who can ensure accuracy, quality, and a workflow to getting good content created, approved and published in a way that meets the needs of the users. Content must be collaborated on and the process of content creation needs management so that standards can improve, the websites can ...more »

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Create a federal website content strategy

I'm reading a lot of terrific ideas here, but they are all proposed TACTICS. Without a unifying content strategy, these tactics will inevitably be taken on as one-off efforts, which result in the same inconsistencies and redundancies that exist today. Over the years, we have all attempted to “fix” our content with visual rebrands, website redesigns, new CMS technology, rewrites, and other tactical approaches. None of ...more »

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a site for the public to vote on bills and actions of congress a

there needs to be a site where the public can vote on bills and actions of congress and senate and polls this would eliminate the polls from the media and the results would be known by all and what questions were ask to obtain the results. this also would eliminate any discrepancies between parties as to the popularity of their bills,ideas,agendas,ETC.

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