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Make better use of Federal Register 2.0

Federal Register publishing drives the production of so many agency materials. The new Federal Register offers improved search functionality and an API. Individual articles have a clean, friendly look and feel. Individual paragraphs and headings have their own ID for building links and citations. Rules include links for comments; FR, CFR, USC, and Federal Law references are hyperlinked (this still needs more work); contents... more »

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National "Catalog" of web pages

Following FRBR concepts in XML, catalog web pages and make them findable through a national catalog similar to (but hopefully better than) a library book catalog. Create an easy form agency content creators can fill out to add their record (i.e. web page) to the catalog. Use link resolvers to check for broken links automatically. Obviously, not every page of every website will be cataloged, but at a minimum every website... more »

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Simplification

I think that www.regulations.gov is a great first step at making rulemaking more accessible to the general public. In its current form, however, I think the site and the documents are probably only navigable by people who have above average knowledge about either the agencies or the rulemaking process. I tried to approach the site today as if I were someone who had just heard about a rule, perhaps in passing on the... more »

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Content and Readability

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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Usability and Design

improve search functions for past discussions

In trying to understand a debate on a certain issue, I would find it helpful if there was a easier/clearer way to access the past debate. So far, all I find are a long list of hits with technical names, it is hard to distinguish what is an agency document, a "docket", a public submission (why not call them comments?), etc.

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Standardized, humanized taxonomy

I imagine there are dozens of standard taxonomies and nomenclatures for .gov websites. They should be coordinated and combined and then humanized (remove or cross-reference the "alphabet soup", nonsensical/technical jargon). The final taxonomy should be assumed to be a "living" taxonomy (one that is constantly changing with our culture) and not "set in stone". The taxonomy should be public and shareable with non-government... more »

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Easy to make repairs

In studying the usability of websites by under-educated individuals we have found that the site has to make it easy for a user to make repairs - correct themselves when they wind up somewhere they didn't want to be.

Repair skills of a user have to be matched with linguistic tools, visual and navigation aids that help in this process.

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Concierge

Provide a Search Concierge that drives live updates on a search query, with multiple media types in the results. The interface would be a dashboard widget that updates as new results are found, with audio alerts keyed off particular words. Let the technology do all the work while informing and entertaining the searcher with a live window into what he seeks -- a peephole into the "now" of his need.

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Access to specific rules

The method of finding specific rules, if you know which one you're looking for, is complicated and counter-intuitive. The search process looks promising, but instead just returns a large mess of results that do not often include the result I'm looking for

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Web Help

If someone is searching for something, and gets redirected, this sometimes it becomes and endless circle of disappointment.

Maybe after 5 bad search results you could set up an answer box where someone could write a discription of what they want to find, send a message, and get an e-mail response to thier problem.

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Unique Metadata tag to identify U.S. Government Works

I received a suggestion that I rework/revise my submission. Here goes: Version 2: In order to find government information, we first need a way to identify it. In order to confidently reuse government information ( data, video, websites, documents, photographs, images, etc)., we must be able to identify it! The adage “consider the source” applies especially to government information. There are and always have been... more »

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