THINGS TO CONSIDER Accessibility includes
everything from connection speed, to language, to user agent (browser, etc.), to user abilities... The most important role of visual design on a website is usability. Approach your content from the perspective of the reader, not the publisher.
content who are the sources
of your content? what do you have to publish/share? and, what is the frequency of change? why do you make this content available? and, why do you make it available on the web?
THINGS TO CONSIDER Consider your
content as discrete units of data. What kinds of content do you have, and what pattern does each follow? One-size-ﬁts-all content management ﬁts none. Not everything needs to be on your website. While your website may encourage engagement, that engagement doesn’t need to happen on your website.
THINGS TO CONSIDER Be realistic
about the time investment required to manage content. Implemented tools are often under-utilized. There is a business case for having an ongoing maintenance budget. Maintaining is cheaper than building. Use existing services (SaaS) where possible. Beneﬁts include increased accessibility and little (or no) maintenance costs. Use software and services that grant you an open license. Publish your content using a Creative Commons license or release it into the public domain.
MENTAL PREPARATION Technology will help
you achieve usability, accessibility, managing content, etc. A shift in how people think of the web and their content/data is required for technology to implement the larger vision.
LETTING GO OF WHAT? assumptions
about user abilities, user needs and what your website should be ownership of content and editorial ability (you are part of an ecosystem) control based on personal preferences and vision
TOWN MEETING DAY 2009 Letting
go of ownership and editorial control generates participation (creates a commons) Packaging simple concepts adds value (tagging, aggregation) tmdvt.net Tagged content was aggregated from social Speciﬁc learnings: media sites around Town Meeting Day Vermont '09. Contributors included: individual http://bradley-holt.blogspot.com/2009/03/ citizens, Vermont Public Radio, Seven Days, tmd-vt-social-media-recap.html Vermont Community Access Media, CCTV Channel 17, Burlington Free Press