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Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant with Alta Plana and organizes the Sentiment Analysis Symposium. Follow him on Twitter at @sethgrimes
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posted in September 2009

Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards

9/30/2009
Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The recovery.gov Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."

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Twitter Stirs Up the Analyst Industry

9/23/2009
Every Twitter user gets the same on-site visibility and capabilities. As a result, celebrities excluded, authority chez Twitter derives from your network and from your tweets and only after that from your biography and employment. Since open publishing is an independent-analyst ethos, we independents have taken to wide-open Twitter like, well, whales to the air...

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Questions and Answers about USAspending.gov

9/8/2009
My blog article on USAspending.gov's design flaws has attracted record page views, boosted by coverage on Slashdot, Government Computer News, and other outlets. Posted comments reveal many misconceptions about the site. I'll distill the more interesting ones, with some of my own, into a series of questions. Noting that "government should be collaborative," I'll attempt answers myself...

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CEP + BI = Real-Time Event Analytics

9/4/2009
Event-driven analytics aims to facilitate business decisions and actions as opportunities (and threats) emerge. Move the concept into the Now, into the worlds of on-line commerce and real-time fraud detection, and old, DBMS-reliant architectures just aren't fast enough. Complex event processing (CEP) added to BI promises to close the speed gap, to enable real-time event analytics...

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Serious Design Failure at USAspending.gov

9/1/2009
The U.S. federal government's USAspending.gov Web site is a travesty, almost a parody of a government-transparency site. The site looks fine, but it significantly fails accessibility requirements. Its use of graphics has only gotten worse -- far worse -- since I wrote about execution issues a month ago. Further, it's old-school, a mockery of Gov 2.0 principles of interactivity and responsiveness and community.

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