Campaign: Content and Readability

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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Campaign: Policies and Principles

Need coordinated teams of specialists vs. too few generalists

One thing I hate to see is agencies where the people managing the web don't have adequate teams and support, and may need training themselves but are spread so thin that they are forced to be generalists instead of specialists. The web should be staffed adequately, and employ modern technology (content management systems, anyone?), not be an afterthought in communication, PR and/or IT staffing needs. Sure, we need ...more »

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Campaign: Usability and Design

Standardized CMS & Templates

While I think creativity is important and should be preserved, there really should be more standardization and consistency for web design when sites are related or linked to each other. Likewise, Content Management Systems (which generally effect overall design) can improve consistency from a functional standpoint. Ideally, all government sites could have at least some common design element to establish identity - ...more »

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Campaign: Policies and Principles

Don't Create a Unified Federal CMS

I think all Americans should be concerned about the concept of a unified federal website -- especially if they care about programs which may come under White House (from either party) scrutiny. Aside from the political aspects, adding multiple levels of clearance is a process nightmare. It's already time consuming to post information on many websites -- the more consolidated things get, the more levels of approval ...more »

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Campaign: IT and Infrastructure

Good and Bad Idea: Open Source Technologies

It is imperative the government uses Open Source Technologies, but to a predefined extent. Meaning, yes they should use technologies such as UNIX, Apache, Tomcat and other Open Source software technologies, mind you, software that's always being tested and patched to keep it safe and secure. Yet, when it comes to the actual content management systems and other vital information aggregation and dissemination systems, in ...more »

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