Sometimes it feels like UCSF has way too many separate websites, but we’re not the only ones with that problem. The US federal government’s .gov Task Force has identified 1,759 distinct federal websites, most operating under the .gov domain. The .gov Task Force is cracking down on confusing duplicative content, e.g. www.invasivespecies.gov and www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov, or redundant websites like www.centennialofflight.gov, untouched since 2003.
How are they dealing with out-of-control namespace and content?
- there’s now a freeze on the issuance of new executive branch .gov domains, up till the end of 2011
- 25% of executive branch .gov domain websites must be eliminated or redirected by the end of September 2011
- 50% of executive branch .gov domain websites must be eliminated or redirectd by July 2012
Harsh, but effective.
- “TooManyWebsites.gov” (White House describes problem)
- “Campaign to Cut Waste: .gov Effort to Improve Federal Websites” (White House announces results of survey)
- List of all 1,759 federal executive branch Internet domains (via Data.gov)
- New executive branch website/namespace policies (via the Campaign to Cut Waste)