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Sitemap Protocol

This is a big deal. Digging information out of government sites, I have found, is often obscure and difficult. A framework for making information easily accessible can be both of general benefit, and help oversight on government activities.

Sitemap Protocol | Sunlight Foundation Google has been working with federal agencies to help them ensure that their data are accessible through search engines.

The solution to this problem is a non-proprietary standard championed by Google, called the sitemap protocol. Implementing this standard helps automated web-crawlers (the stuff of search engines) find their way around your entire site.

From the bill:

`(i) GUIDELINES- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the E-Government Reauthorization Act of 2007, the Director shall promulgate guidance and best practices to ensure that publicly available online Federal Government information and services are made more accessible to external search capabilities, including commercial and governmental search capabilities. The guidance and best practices shall include guidelines for each agency to test the accessibility of the websites of that agency to external search capabilities.