Information Dissemination Site

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Most sites have some type of information so what makes this type of site different? Sites whose purpose is to disseminate information tend to have a lot to share. The information tends increase and be updated regularly.

Examples of such sites tend to offer news, newsletters, articles, blogs, research, case studies, documents, and so on. An information site can also include “how-to” procedures and online books whose pages are presented online using the previous-next navigation strategy.

The content on information sites can come from multiple sources but the sources and the content are typically vetted for quality and accuracy. The process used to help ensure quality and accuracy varies and these variances will most likely drive decisions regarding which technology to use for your site. Examples of information rich sites include

The process used to create information can vary. For example, Wikipedia.org is built on technology specifically designed for collaborative writing, where more than one author is adding to and editing the content on the page. The other two examples are more about presenting a finished product. It is likely that the authoring process is performed offline or in some moderated online environment and only made public when the content has been vetted and edited.

If you want an information dissemination site, part of your requirements process is to identify how information is created, edited, validated, and then made public. It will also include an examination of all the roles involved in the process and how those roles will act online. The processes and requirements get a little more complicated if the information site has more than one purpose, just like with any multi-purpose site. Features found in social networking and community building sites are often found combined with traditional information dissemination functionality.

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