How (most) government information is produced & shared: W WW Word Websites Really complicated,W W expensive, W old systems PDF’s Storage Sites Email W HTML sharing W proprietary Various Formats format Citizens Gov Ofﬁces Governments Internal Partners
Usability #FailNever thought to design information for citizens’ use. Document Management Documents are preferred to be in image formats instead of searchable formats (computer readable information). Contractor DependencyLittle incentive for contractors to publish in computer-readable format. Government IT staff made scarce.1st Photo by Gwens River City Images
Libraries for LibrariansInformation designed for & by those who use itprofessionally. Information AnachronismInformation remaining in late ’90’s technology. PDFs,html, scanned images of documents. ‘70’s tech ofmicroﬁche. Pay-to-Play You want access? That’ll cost ‘ya.Photos by: Gwens River City Images, DaveSag,
Akoma Ntoso• UN-backed standard format for legislative info• XML-based• Naming standards• Ontologies for metadata• Used in EU, UN, Africa, Italy, other countries
Akoma Ntoso• Systemized design in XML, semantic markups• Sharing is easy• Allows for versions• Exportable into new technologies• Easily deployable
Think of the Future• What will we use for documents?• How will we interact with government?• We may not be able to access our current laws.• We’ll be more interdependent.
Akoma Ntoso in Action<akomantoso xmlns="http://www.akomantoso.org/1.0"><bill><meta>METADATA ELEMENTS HERE</meta><preface>TEXT HERE</preface><preamble>TEXT HERE</preamble><clauses>HIERARCHY OF PARTS HERE</clauses><attachments>REFERENCES HERE</attachments></bill></akomantoso>
Akoma Ntoso in Action<chapter id="chap02"> <num>CHAPTER 2</num> <title>TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES AND TRADITIONALCOUNCILS</title> <article id="art02"> <num>2.</num> <title>Recognition of traditional communities</title> <clause id="art02-cla01"> <num>(1)</num> <p>A community may be recognised as...</p> </clause> <clause id="art02-cla02"> <num>(2)</num> <p>The Premier of a province may, ... </p> </clause> </article></chapter>
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