Classification of Non-Maintenance Web Content Alterations and Access Reductions to Web Resources

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(1) Altering or removing text and non-text content

a. Change or removal of text snippets (word(s), sentence(s), title(s), link text)

b. Change or removal of image

c. Change or removal of interactive Web element

(2) Altering or removing links

a. Not updating a link to a page that has been moved to a new URL

b. Improperly updating a link to a page that has been moved to a new URL

c. Removing a link to a page that has not been permanently removed or has not been removed at all

(3) Moving an entire webpage or collection of webpages or establishing redirects

a. Moving a page or collection of pages to a new URL or URLs without a redirect from the previous URL or URLs

i. The previous URL or URLs lead to a “dead” page or a 404 error.

ii. The previous URL or URLs lead to a page or pages that are related yet substantively different

iii. The previous URL or URLs lead to a page or pages that are completely unrelated or may be an organization-wide homepage

b. Moving a collection of pages to new URLs without a redirect from the previous URLs and without updating links, leaving pages disconnected from the rest of their collection.

c. Moving a page or collection of pages to a new URL or URLs with a redirect from the previous URL or URLs

i. The redirect is established from each individual previous URL to a separate page

ii. The redirect is established from each individual previous URL to just the new website’s homepage

(4) Altering or removing an entire pertinent section of a webpage or collection of webpages

a. A section of a single webpage is altered or removed

b. The same section is removed across a collection of webpages

(5) Removing an entire webpage or document

Pertains to removal of webpages or documents from a particular URL or domain. The resources may still be available on the Web but may be at another domain or stored in a Web archive.

a. The previous URL leads to a “dead” page or a 404 error

b. The previous URL redirects to a page that contains a statement that the previous page and its information has been removed

c. The previous URL redirects to an existing or new URL for another page

i. The page is related yet substantively different ii. The page is completely unrelated or may be an organization-wide homepage

(6) Overhauling or removing an entire website

Pertains to substantial rewriting and restructuring of text and non-text content. A “website” may be a collection of webpages hosted on one Web domain or may be collection of webpages, with related content and significant cross-linking, hosted on multiple subdomains.

a. An entire website’s previous URLs lead to a “dead” page or a 404 error

b. An entire website’s previous URLs redirect to a page that contains a statement that the previous page and its information has been removed

c. An entire website’s previous URLs redirect to existing URLs for another page

i. The pages are related yet substantively different

ii. The pages are completely unrelated or may be an organization-wide splash page

d. An entire website’s previous URLs redirect to a URL or URLs for a replacement website

i. The redirect is established from each individual previous URL to a separate page

ii. The redirect is established from each individual previous URL to just the new website’s homepage

e. At the same URLs, the webpages for an entire website are replaced with new content

i. The pages are related yet substantively different

ii. The pages are completely unrelated

(7) Altering or removing search engines and open data platforms

Search engines and open data platforms allow for searching Web resources, often accessing a corresponding database of records. Records may still be available on the Web without the engine or platform, but access to them may be significantly reduced.

a. Altering a search engines or open data platform that provides access to documents, datasets, or information that are accessible elsewhere on the website

i. Altering the search function and output such that the same search results are presented or prioritized differently

ii. Altering the search function and output such that fewer search results are available, though the content that the results linked to may not itself be altered in any way

b. Altering a search engines or open data platform that provides access to documents, datasets, or information that are only accessible there

i. Altering the search function and output such that the same search results are presented or prioritized differently

ii. Altering the search function and output such that fewer search results are available, thereby rendering that content inaccessible

c. Removing a search engines or open data platform that provides access to documents, datasets, or information that are accessible elsewhere

d. Removing a search engines or open data platform that provides access to documents, datasets, or information that are only accessible there

(8) Altering, removing, or deleting datasets

This includes the removal of the primary webpage that provides the URL for the server data request or the removal of the data from the server itself.

a. Removing the primary webpage or website that hosts a dataset, contains links to a dataset, or contains a search engines or open data platform that provides sole access to a dataset

b. Removing or altering entries from a dataset

c. Removing or altering fields from a dataset

d. Deleting a dataset from government servers


Classification of Web Content Alterations Relating to Web Maintenance and Expansion of Access to Web Resources

1. Correcting typographic or grammatical errors

2. Adding new, pertinent text and non-text content

3. Updating or adding links:

a. Removing a link to a page that has been permanently removed

b. Updating a link to a page that has been moved

c. Adding new links to pages

4. Updating resources from classes 4-8 above

5. Adding pertinent information and resources from classes 4-8 above


Classifications of Approaches to Changes and Access Reductions

Note: This section will be substantially expanded in future versions of this document and examples for individual classes will be added.

Assessment of continued availability of affected agency Web resources

1. Resources are available on agency webpages or websites other than those affected (which means those webpages or websites host, contain links to, or contain a search engine or open data platform that provides access to the resource)

2. Resources are not available on agency webpages or websites other than those affected, but they are available on other government websites

3. Resources are not available on any government webpages or websites other than those affected

4. Resources are not available elsewhere on the Internet other than the affected webpages or websites

Classes of storage of affected Web resources in agency Web archives

1. Archive is searchable

a. Archived content is discoverable through a public search engine, like Google

b. Archived content is not discoverable through a public search engine, like Google – the URL for the archived page and the archived page itself may or may not be discoverable using a search engine

2. Archive is not searchable

a. Archived content discoverable through a public search engine, like Google

b. Archived content not discoverable through a public search engine, like Google

Assessment of notice provided or explanation of change by agency

1. Agency notified the public in advance of the change

2. Agency responded to or notified the public after the change

3. When altering an entire webpage, collection of webpages, or websites:

a. New page or collection of pages do not mention the previous version or versions and how to find an archive

b. New page or collection of pages do mention the previous version or versions and how to find an archive

4. When moving or removing an entire webpage, collection of webpages, or websites:

a. The previous URL or URLs lead to a page or pages that do not mention the previous version or versions and how to find an archive

b. The previous URL or URLs lead to a page or pages that do mention the previous version or versions and how to find an archive

5. Agency proactively established a Web archive in advance of the change

6. Agency established a Web archive after the change