Tag Archives: government

Sharing is Caring: Dutch government promotes re-use of open data

In recent years, the Dutch government has made some bold choices to open up its online information in many different ways. This resulted amongst others in 2010 in a brand-new website rijksoverheid.nl, the main site for communication between the Dutch central government and its citizens. This site is based on open-source CMS technology from Dutch
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Governments have too many websites

Today most countries are drowning in central government websites. In a small, but highly digital country like Denmark with just over 5 million inhabitants there are currently 1000+ government websites and in the US the number is 24.000 websites. There are certainly more government websites out there than necessary. To put it another way –
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Government: Please start ‘speaking human’

Most governments don’t have to worry about winning and retaining customers. Perhaps that is why they have such a very long way to go in terms of speaking human. Today, many government websites reflect this and are very difficult to understand and use for the average citizen. This leads to complaints, negative press and excessive
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Is Plone a good CMS?

According to the Danish Government, Plone is a good CMS. It seems unfair and unhealthy for competition when the government has a favoured system, whether open source or not, in particular in a marketplace as young and dynamic as the CMS marketplace. To quote Shakespeare: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. The statement
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