[LINK] MMV - Equivalent in other states?
tomw99 at fastmail.fm
Wed Apr 21 08:44:04 EST 2004
At 4/20/2004 09:07 AM, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
>... Victoria's "online government" stuff has become harder and harder to
Yes, but I still get the sense that there are people in Victoria who
understand what they are doing and care about it, whereas some other states
are just tipping content into a content management system (like tipping
garbage into a compactor).
Even so, finding government information on-line is still much easier than
the days of paper reports.
>... Hobson's choice:- try to find a hierarchical organisation that makes
>sense ... or - skip the hierarchy and drive it with search engines and
The answer seems simple: do all of the above. It makes sense to have the
organization put the information in a hierarchy they are happy with. Others
can cross reference it in topic based lists and specialised search engines.
However, it might be better to restructure the organization to match the
In looking at the pile of NOIE generated reports outside the recent
e-governance conference in Melbourne, it occurred to me that it would not
be difficult to structure all government reports in a uniform way. Each
report could still be printed and have its own look and feel, but the
content could also be sliced and diced by web systems to provide efficient
custom versions. As a byproduct this would save millions of dollars in
preparation and distribution. More on how to do this at Open Publish 2004
in Sydney, where myself and colleagues will be reporting on a system for
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