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Re: a new member weighs in

From: Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 12:35:05 +0200
Cc: eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, Kevin Novak <kevinnovak@aia.org>
Message-Id: <7ED93F15-D97C-4644-BFED-27DFBEC25082@w3.org>
To: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>
Thanks much for your comments, Sharron. Attaching them also to  
ISSUE-24. More in a separate message.

-- Jose

ps: Kevin, lots of work ahead for you!

El 17/04/2009, a las 17:02, Sharron Rush escribió:
> Hello folks,
> First congratulations and deepest thanks for the work you have all  
> done in producing this document.  I can't think of any more  
> important use of technology than to establish an effective two-way  
> dialogue between citizens and their governments.  So please know  
> that my comments are offered with sincere respect and appreciation  
> for all that you have done.
> We have been reviewing the document in the WAI Education and  
> Outreach Working Group (EOWG) from the point of view of the  
> treatment of accessibility for people with disabilities.  EOWG has  
> been compiling those comments and they will be submitted  
> separately.  My comments here will be more general and are offered  
> as an individual rather than a group representative.
> The idea of a W3C document about open government/e-government is  
> tremendous and timely.  In my opinion, we must make the first  
> document a model of the openness and transparency we hope and expect  
> for governments to achieve.  With that in mind, I suggest a  
> reorganization of the document as follows:
> 1. Clarity - why is the document being developed? statement of  
> principles and goals
> 2. Simplification - move some of the more detailed aspects into  
> related documents, but keep first working draft on higher level
> 3. Improve focus - The Introduction and a few of the other sections  
> are somewhat rambling and do not seem related to each other and/or  
> to specific to governmental issues.  The document needs to be edited  
> for coherence and narrative flow.
> I hesitate to be more specific in my comments since I know that  
> there are serious time constraints.  I have been sending the URL  
> around to others that I know are interested in e-government and who  
> are working on related issues.  One reported back to me that she was  
> unable to make her way through the entire doc without getting  
> "lost."  Another noted to me (and I hope sent public comment)  that  
> the citizen viewpoint needs to be included more strongly and that  
> more acknowledgement is needed of the way technology enables two-way  
> interactions, not simply a way to make existing government more  
> efficient.
> I am not sure how the editing is organized, but would suggest that  
> whoever leads the development of each section look for ways to  
> shorten and clarify and that the editors look for ways to improve  
> the structure and the way that sections relate to the overarching  
> principles.
> Please let me know if this is useful and/or if I can help in any way.
> Thanks again for taking this on - it is tremendously important!
> Best,
> Sharron
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