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Re: "Small Docs" BPs and OGD - charter and publication wrt W3C Process

From: Adam Harvey <harvey@thedesignstate.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 07:57:14 -0400
Message-Id: <49365132-949D-4A70-B288-8E0D7ACDB682@thedesignstate.com>
To: eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>

More input below:

>> ...
>>> + a set of small docs with guidance?
>>>  (could be recs or not)
>> I am not sure what these "small docs" would do that would not be  
>> included in BP and the rewritten Note, but am open to suggestion.  
>> Are you thinking of technical documents that would be more of a how- 
>> to?  a series of case studies of particularly effective practices?
> I was thinking of small how-to like things, e.g. techniques to  
> identify and expose OGD, but also identification of scenarios to do  
> so. More how-to than case studies.

This path reminds me of Mark Pilgrim's 30 day guide to a more  
accessible website, called Dive Into Accessibility:


which provides some scenarios that make it easier to understand how to  
implement BPs. I see this as a great opportunity to move forward,  
mainly because I see the most room for improvement in this area.

For example, the Board of Elections in my county makes all of the past  
election data available on their website. This is good, except that  
the presentation format is just a .txt file. I've received requests  
from people who would like to be able to compare turnout rates for  
specific precincts from election to election. Without an easily  
manipulated file format or a presentation layer (like Google Analytics  
offers) they have no way of doing so, apart from manually sifting  
through the mounds of data.

Okay, off to work. Have a good day/afternoon everyone!

Received on Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:06:39 UTC

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