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Design for Interoperability and Re-Use

Agencies should design their websites and online tools to facilitate interoperability and re-use by other agencies and external developers. Improving the interoperability of online datasets with other information and tools from inside and outside the government multiplies the value of agency websites by enabling mashups and innovative applications. Agencies should also facilitate re-use by publishing in open machine-readable ...more »

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Notice of Copyright Terms and Conditions of Use for Govt. Web

Most government websites (and govt. publications for that matter) do a poor job of identifying copyrighted content. People assume that if it is a government website the material is in the public domain - however much content can, and often is, copyrighted material with restrictions on further reuse. The burden is on the user to determine if the material is copyrighted - a time-consuming and often confusing task (I do ...more »

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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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Basic training on intellectual property and web do's and don'ts

Citizens and Government could benefit from some basic training about intellectual property (IP);i.e., copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets. What policies and laws define them; what distinguishes them from each other; what';s the duration of protection; when could more than one type of protection apply ; what does and doesn't apply to government produced vs. government commissioned stuff; the effect on government ...more »

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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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