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links for 2009-09-07

  • f you have been in any of my SharePoint admin classes or worked with me on deployments you will be familiar with one of my favorite topics, the ‘hidden cost’ of SharePoint. I’m not talking about scary topics like ‘governance’, ‘best practices’, culture change, end user training, or Enterprise CALs, but rather all the other things you absolutely must have when operating SharePoint in the enterprise. It’s long overdue that I post a summary here for all those who want the key takeaway information.

    This is not a criticism of the SharePoint stack. None of these things are really a ‘hidden cost’. Any SharePoint practitioner worth her salt should be communicating the requirement for these additional tools right from the get go on engagements. Indeed this is also true in most cases for other enterprise server products, such as Exchange and SQL Server, from Microsoft.

  • Data.gov launched in May this year to make huge data sets of information from federal agencies available in machine-readable formats. While incredibly valuable, these data sets are not particularly useful in their current format to anyone but researchers, statisticians, sociologists, developers, or others used to parsing databases searching for trends.

    At least for geographically relevant information, ThisWeKnow provides one use case for the data sets. Users can enter the name or ZIP code of any community and get details on all kinds of factors, from violent crime to companies releasing pollutants.

  • "Change happens slowly MUCH slower than we want it to…and it quite often happens in bits and bobs rather than all at once. People are change-averse in general. Often the best way to make big changes is to start with something smaller with a measurable outcome. When you can prove that the changes you are making are leading to more positive outcomes, you can start to implement the bigger stuff. Of course, sometimes the change you need to make is more fundamental and less actionable. That’s gonna require loads of chipping away."
    (tags: change)
  • Accessibility has become a hot topic as increased awareness and growing requirements demand that applications take into account the needs of all potential users. Accessibility covers not only the Web application, but document, desktop application and hardware, and so on. In the Web application domain, making static Web pages accessible is relatively easy. But for Web 2.0 technology, dynamic content and fancy visual effects can make accessibility testing very difficult. This article introduces the WAI-ARIA standard, which is designed to make future Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) widgets accessible. The article also covers accessibility principles in Web 2.0 design and provides several code samples to get you started.
  • Vox Populi (Latin for “Voice of the People”) aims to provide useful information on interactive communication technologies and social networking tools that can be used by government officials to improve services to citizens and taxpayers. This is the voice of Government 2.0.

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