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Case Study: The Office of the e-Envoy

Office of the e-Envoy (Cabinet Office) logo At the London launch of ICRAfilter in March 2002, the then UK Home Office Minister, Beverley Hughes MP, announced that the existing recommendation that sites on the domain should be PICS labelled would henceforth be a requirement. This policy has been incorporated into the Office of the e-Envoy's Guidelines Guidelines for UK Government websites and forms part of the e-Government Interoperability Framework (see here).

In effect, the policy that requires webmasters to include Dublin Core meta data has been extended to cover PICS labelling.

"It's crucial that sites of all kinds are labelled and I recognise that Government and industry will both need to be part of the effort to get that message across, and so I'm particularly glad to have this opportunity to express our support for ICRA today. You may know that Cabinet Office guidance has, for some time, encouraged government sites to register with ICRA. I've recently written to Gus Macdonald in the Cabinet Office, and he's now agreed that this guidance will be changed next month to require rating of all government sites rather than simply encouraging it."

Beverley Hughes, MP, (then) Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, UK Home Office, speaking at the launch of ICRAfilter at BT HQ, London, Thursday, March 21, 2002.

Sapient logo As part of the ongoing effort, the Office of the e-Envoy has commissioned Sapient to develop a Content Management Platform which will be available to all UK national and local web teams. Due for delivery in the first half of 2003, the system has been designed to make the input and delivery of relevant meta data with each document easy and logical.

Under a Content Management system there is no such thing as "a web page." Each request from a user provides a set of parameters which determine the elements to be collated to produce the final content seen by the user. Each element in the CMS database will have its own associated meta data (Dublin Core as well as PICS labels) and Sapient has devised a system which delivers a single set of meta data which most accurately describes the delivered content.

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