Clips, Kudos and Craziness
Lucky for me, I’ve had so many professional lives that I’ve written for everything from scholarly journals to association newsletters to blogs to press materials for the Million Mom March. But here, i’ll highlight some of the freelance work i did for AOL/Digital City, plus a few fun random links i like to think of as links o’ fun.
Note that as times change, plenty of blurbage ended up in the ether (people aren’t always so very careful about making sure their links remain the same, sadly), so I’m now putting the verbage under different articles in case things end up in that great big web in the sky.
Digital City Work
General Web Kudos
Three Cheers for the Urban Institute’s new website
January 10, 2006
The Urban Institute recently unveiled a new website design. It’s cool, it’s attractive, it’s modern, and you know what else? All of the old links to their existing material still work! Yes, it appears they changed underlying content management systems and and needed to change the URLs, but the old URLs still work!
Given that prisonsucks is little but edited links to other research available on the internet, you imagine why we take this issue seriously.
We’ve been ranting about the importance of preserving links and offering technical solutions for years. Typically, we get ignored, so we are thrilled to see organizations like the Urban Institute treat their web visitors and their website with respect.
So to our colleagues who run websites for other organizations, we point to the Urban Institute’s website as a great example that even if your website is absolutely huge, it’s entirely possible to put the interests of your visitors above your choice of technology solution. All you have to do is make sure your technology vendor is going to preserve your old URLs.
And to the Urban Institute, we offer our congratulations on the new site. It looks great, and the thousands of users of this site — and the billions of people who use Google — can find your carefully prepared documents just as easily as they could before. That’s a win for everyone.
Urban Institute, comprised of ten research centers, examines current social and economic public policy issues. Its lively home page highlights the organization’s newest research – on topics ranging from welfare to tax reform, child safety to immigration trends. This site provides fresh, comprehensive, and wide-ranging information in style. Crisp and easy to navigate, it offers many noteworthy features. Many of the Institute’s major research presentations are presented in abstract form, with reference (and access) to the full report. The “UI Toolkit” is designed to educate and inform visitors about a variety of today’s hot topics through research reports, policy briefs, statistical data, and a “jargon decoder.” We also like its “5 Questions for the Experts” feature, updated every three weeks, which provides deeper insight into a current social policy issue. The Urban Institute was among the first in its class to launch podcasts – downloadable audio presentations that can be played back on a computer or MP3 player.