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ERIC Number: ED401914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 44
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The Internet as a Source of Local Government Information: A World Wide Web Survey.
Sachs, Harry T.
The expanding use of the Internet as a mechanism for the dissemination of local government information presents challenges and opportunities to traditional library planning, processes and services. The purpose of this study is to survey local government sites (home pages) via the Internet with the following research objectives: (1) to identify local government resources on the Internet; (2) to examine what kinds of information are in Internet resources and to classify them according to the survey form method for analysis and the preparation of final conclusions; and (3) to provide a framework and guide so that future research in local government information on the Internet may be performed. A survey was conducted of 150 local governments on, or accessible to the World Wide Web (WWW). Sources for local government home pages included, but were not limited to, the following sites: state municipal leagues and government associations and local governments represented on the WWW by other sources. It can be concluded that less than one-third of these pages are effective mechanisms for the dissemination of current and relevant information for citizens of small and medium-sized municipalities of under 200,000 residents. A bright spot in Internet use for local government information has been the availability of e-mail sources. The Internet may change the shape of politics as long as it is used as a two-way medium through which people write messages to officials and receive meaningful responses. After a shakedown period occurs and a state of maturity is reached in the use of the WWW as a source of government information, more current and relevant information will drive out the dated and trivial. The survey form and a list of local government WWW sites surveyed are appended. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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