Category - News

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May

These Agencies’ Websites are Easiest to Understand

These Agencies’ Websites are Easiest to Understand From NextGov with Mohana Ravindranath Published: May 26, 2017     Original Post: http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2017/05/these-agencies-websites-are-easiest-understand/138222/   Federal agencies need to clean up their websites so they’re interpretable by people with a minimum of a high school education, a report finds. President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act in 2010 …

6
Sep

Local authorities need to improve website readability, study says

Local authorities need to improve website readability, study says From Public Technology with Rebecca Hill Published: September 05, 2016 Original Post: https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/local-authorities-need-improve-website-readability-study-says   According to the study, which was carried out by Visible Thread – a company that aims to help organizations produce more understandable online content – just 82% of the 191 councils assessed achieved …

26
Aug

How bad are RFPs? Plenty

How bad are RFPs? Plenty From Washington Technology with Nick Wakeman Published: August 25, 2016 Original Post: https://washingtontechnology.com/blogs/editors-notebook/2016/08/visible-thread-rfp-analysis.aspx?s=wtdaily_260816   It is no secret that solicitations can be hard to read. The language is technical and often convoluted. It can lead to confusion and misunderstandings. Not to mentions delays and inefficiencies. But just how bad is …

2
Aug

Government Matters: What makes a good (or bad) RFP?

Government Matters: What makes a good (or bad) RFP? From Government Matters with George Jackson Published: July 29, 2016 Original Post: http://govmatters.tv/what-makes-a-good-or-bad-rfp/   On Government Matters, VisibleThread CEO Fergal McGovern discussed the impact of poorly written documents on the federal procurement process. Original Post: http://govmatters.tv/what-makes-a-good-or-bad-rfp/ ​

2
Aug

Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms From The Huffington Post with Robin Raskin Published: August 01, 2016 Original Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-raskin/hillary-clintons-acceptan_1_b_11265336.html   Last week, we ran a software analysis on clarity of speech and word usage for Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Now, it’s Hillary’s turn. VisibleThread, a firm …

25
Jul

Trump’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

Trump’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms From The Huffington Post with Robin Raskin Published: July 22, 2016  Original Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-raskin/trumps-acceptance-speech-_b_11144842.html   The tech-savvy (except Peter Theil) have shown no love for the newly announced Republican candidate throughout the nominating process. I figured it was time to look at Trump’s speech in the tech …

6
Jul

VisibleThread Web: Improving your online content

VisibleThread Web: Improving your online content From Network World with Mark Gibbs Published: June 06, 2015 Good content means better user engagement but without tools to help you, polishing the text on a large site for maximum impact can be a nightmare One of the problems with producing online content is polishing it to meet …

16
May

“College degree needed” to read many state websites

“College degree needed” to read many state websites From Independent with Sarah McCabe Published: May 15, 2016 Environment department’s website came last in study of readability A review of government websites has claimed a college education is required to understand more than half of them.   Government websites which provide instructions on social assistance and …

22
Apr

Fed News Radio: Federal procurement documents are incomprehensible

Fed News Radio: Federal procurement documents are incomprehensible From Federal News Radio with Tom Temin Published: April 22, 2016 Our CEO, Fergal McGovern was recently interviewed for Fed News Radio’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin . Tom and Fergal discussed the results from VisibleThread’s latest report on US Government procurement language which found that federal …

15
Mar

Access to Understandable Health Information with Dr. Lidia Schapira and Fergal McGovern

Access to Understandable Health Information with Dr. Lidia Schapira and Fergal McGovern From Empowered Patient Radio with Karen Jagoda Published: March 14, 2016 Dr. Lidia Schapira, Editor-in-Chief Cancer.net, and Fergal McGovern CEO VisibleThread on the challenge of getting patients and caregivers accurate health information that is accessible and understandable.  Lidia and Fergal provide thoughtful observations about …

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