This page is under construction. We'll shortly be pointing
to Australian and overseas government electronic publishing
standards, initiatives and studies.
In Australia the Commonwealth government has recently
abandoned its ambitious Information Management Website
intended as a major resource for electronic recordkeeping
and publishing within the bureaucracy.
The AusInfo Guidelines
for publication of information in electronic formats are
still online, along with the National Office for the Information
to Minimum Website Standards, a Commonwealth Agency
Website & Internet System Security Checklist (PDF)
and Best Practice Website notes.
Less useful is the 1997
report on Management of Government Information
as a National Strategic Resource.
Overseas the US Federal Government Accounting Office April
2001 86 page report (PDF)
on electronic distribution of federal government publications
examined the impact of providing official publications
solely in an electronic format (ie via the web) and archival
questions. The Government Printing Office currently provides
online access to around 203 thousand documents (around
50% of government hardcopy and electronic publications)
and retails around 9 thousand documents, with 12 million
copies being sent to various depository libraries.
The US National Commission on Libraries & Information
Science published its final report on A Comprehensive
Assessment of Public Information Dissemination in
April 2001. The report is available in three volumes,
each of around 300 pages.
Volume 1 (PDF)
offers the executive summary, report and first ten appendices.
Volume 2 (PDF)
deals with legislative and regulatory proposals. Volume
supplies supplementary reference material.
In the United Kingdom the e-Envoy has published
guidelines for UK government web sites.
The US Cyberspace Policy Research Group (CyPRG)
offers assessments of government web use across the globe,
with a particular emphasis on opennness and transparency.