About this blog

Sadly, many federal government departments are still under-utilizing the power of the Internet to deliver services and information and consult Canadians.  By implementing user-centered design principles for web sites and measuring web content in terms of long term real-world objectives, the power of the web can be harnessed to achieve online and offline Results for Canadians.

This is a non-partisan forum to meet and share ideas about how to use the Web to blur the line between citizens and bureaucrats; many of us, especially in Ottawa, are both.  I believe we can improve democracy by engaging citizens online.

What this blog is not

This blog is not meant to be a place to complain or criticize the government or its practices or policies.  There are way too many places on the Internet to do that already.  You will not find private, protected or confidential information here.  I’ll be drawing on what I’ve learned both inside and outside of government to make connections and point out things that are already in the public domain.

Terms of Service

I seek to respect the following policies:

Civil Servant Code of Conduct

The Public Service Employment Act (PSEA)

Comments that do not respect the above principles will be removed.

2 Responses to About this blog

  1. Anonymous says:

    Laura, what is the status of your page “Pattern Library” on GCPedia? (http://www.gcpedia.gc.ca/wiki/Pattern_Library#.28Vertical_navigation_-_left_or_right.3F.29)? Used to be on the left nav of the Web Standards intro page (http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ws-nw/index-eng.asp)… Good info there, but last updated in june 2012… Can we refer to this or is there an update coming up?

  2. Laura says:

    The pattern library should be considered a research project, not official guidance. We took it off the website because it was out of date.

    The parts that are tried, tested and true have been integrated into the WET documentation.

    Hope that helps,

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