September 21, 2011 at 10:51 am #141852
As of yesterday, a two-week online conversation with web experts and the public called the National Dialogue for Improving Federal Websites has been initiated. This conversation is part of the .gov Reform Effort many of you have been helping to support.
The dialogue launched yesterday at 2 pm ET and will run until Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. You’ll can access it at: http://www.usa.gov/webreform/dialogue.shtml.
The purpose is to allow people to submit and vote on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. The .gov Task Force will review the ideas and consider them as they develop a National Web Strategy and make recommendations for streamlining federal websites, strengthening federal web policy, and improving citizens’ experience with federal websites.
We know there is a goldmine of good ideas out there among OPM employees, so we hope–and expect– you’ll actively participate in the discussion and share your thoughts and knowledge. We want to hear what’s working well, what can be improved, innovative ways to rethink the federal web, and specific examples you have from your agency or elsewhere.
A number of prominent web experts will serve as discussion catalysts, to help spur the conversation, such as Jakob Nielsen, Steve Krug, Craig Newmark, Vanessa Fox, Danny Sullivan, and Annetta Cheek.
September 21, 2011 at 11:17 am #141854
This is a well-run forum. You can actually vote for or against ideas, plus it is moderated so that ideas are monitored. In fact, one of my ideas was combined with others who want to consolidate web sites with similar funnctions (e.g. health, law enforcement, transportation, environment, etc.).
If you are a website user or administrator, I highly recommend making your opinion known. However, before you put in your new idea, explore existing ones and vote/comment to avoid creating clutter.
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