Campaign: Content and Readability

Enable easy ranking/satisfaction of content

Make it mandatory that all pages/content be enabled with a simple satisfaction rating of that page/content. Perhaps using the 5 star rating. Current ACSI surveys are too bulky and limit the number of responses (13% response rates are "good"). A simple "Was the content on this page helpful?" or similar would be more effective and could be mashed-up into dashboards for measuring individual author, subsite, search engine, ...more »

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Campaign: Policies and Principles

Publish Data Online Using Open Data Principles

Publishing data online in useful and reusable formats is essential to promoting innovation and encouraging oversight. A number of organization have come together and adopted 10 open data principles that should guide how information is published online. Federal websites should be required to adhere to these principles. The principles are spelled out in detail here -http://sunlightfoundation.com/policy/documents/ten-open-data-principles/ ...more »

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Campaign: Data, Apps, APIs...

Push .govs to consume each others APIs

Many government agencies have overlapping and important data. NOAA, Federal Register, HHS, FCC, and others are beginning to offer more of it as APIs. As more agencies do the same, there are strong benefits and efficiences that can come from agencies making a point to consume each others APIs when creating new products for the public. They can create mashups of their own data with that of other agencies to create products ...more »

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Campaign: Beyond Websites (Mobile, Broadband...)

Publishing .govs via APIs will allow innovation yet to come

By changing the expectations for government websites to be that they make all of their content and data available via web services will change the game. Not only are there benefits for the webmasters when they eat their own dogfood, the public can also access, consume, republish, and further disseminate the information in ways that the originating agency hasn't considered and in ways which are more convenient for audiences ...more »

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Campaign: Policies and Principles

People, process, technology

Be sure to include your organization's mission and a vision. PEOPLE: Hire competent people Hire passionate, caring people Hire meticulous, attentive people Consider users ages Consider users knowledge level Consider users patience level PROCESS: Establish your site's purpose Decide on how you will achieve this purpose (Push-Pull of data/information/knowledge) Create a simple, navigable structure Mind the taxonomy: ...more »

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Campaign: Social Media

Recognize the implications of content shifting

For a while we've recognized that the content we put online isn't always consumed where we originally put it. RSS may have been the initial method that significant numbers of people used. More and more people are embracing the idea of "content shifting". We may discover an important piece of content on Facebook or Twitter, but not have the time to read it. So we "Instapaper" it or "Read Later". Those services often ...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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Campaign: Beyond Websites (Mobile, Broadband...)

Consume their own APIs when building products

In the model of 'eating their own dog food', government agencies should not just offer the public APIs of all their front-facing content and data, but consume those APIs for their own products. This is not only more efficient but will reinforce the use of APIs as well as promote a better feedback loop whereby agencies will find and correct errors and improve the format of their public offerings. The FCC has opensourced ...more »

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Campaign: Policies and Principles

Open Source as the Default License

When government technology is acquired, contracts should stipulate that the software being developed (at taxpayer expense) is released with an OSI (open source institute) approved open source license. This would allow for reduced intergovernmental expense, and further innovation. Further -- it's morally appropriate: taxpayer funded software ought to belong to the public, much like taxpayer funded content cannot be held ...more »

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Campaign: Policies and Principles

Require .govs to provide all content and data via web services

In the short and medium term, one of the best efforts that government websites can effect in order to better serve the public would be to offer webservices (e.g. RESTful APIs) of all website content and data. This way, any information the website is offering, including not just public data, but also the textual content of the site, can be consumed by the public in a much more powerful and efficient manner. Interested ...more »

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