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Managing accessibility in local e-government websites through end-user development: a case study

  • Daniela FogliEmail author
  • Sergio Colosio
  • Matteo Sacco
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Abstract

This work discusses accessibility problems concerning content creation and publication on e-government websites, and proposes an approach based on end-user development (EUD) techniques to overcome them. To deal with the huge and diverse amount of documentation to be published, content management systems (CMSs) are usually adopted in government institutions to support content creation by a large set of publishers, who typically have no competencies in information technology. This paper proposes the integration of EUD techniques in CMSs in order to limit CMS personalization and, at the same time, relieve publishers from managing the low-level details of content representation. To demonstrate the validity of the approach, a case study research has been performed by involving some employees of the Brescia Municipality in Italy. The results of the study confirm the positive impact of EUD techniques on content accessibility and publishers’ work practice, and suggest their possible use in more sophisticated tasks.

Keywords

e-Government website End-user development Accessibility Content management system 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to thank the anonymous reviewers for their useful comments. They also thank P. Baroni for his suggestions during the paper revision. The authors are finally indebted to the publishers of the Brescia Municipality for their availability in participating in the case study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Elettronica per l’AutomazioneUniversità di BresciaBresciaItaly
  2. 2.Settore Informatica, Comune di BresciaBresciaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Elettronica per l’AutomazioneUniversità di BresciaBresciaItaly

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