Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room

  1. Search Engine Optimization.

    Curt Peacock, Artist/Webmaster for the Nebraska State Historical Society, hosted a lively discussion on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Curt provided each meeting attendee with a folder chock-full of good background information and tips on improving SEO on our web sites.

    We tested a number of our sites to see how well they were indexed by the Google search appliance. A surprise finding during our the testing portion of Curt's presentation is that while the the all-powerful Google will index standard "description" meta tags, apparently Dublin Core's "dc.subject" meta tags are NOT indexed by Google.

    We also determined that State of Nebraska entity web sites might want to include the word "Nebraska" high in the list of meta tags, or in the page title, or at least high in the content of each web page (ideally all three). This will help to ensure that when someone is searching for Nebraska government information online, he or she will get more relevant search results.

    Webmasters who did not attend, but who would like more information may visit the Search Engine Land web site (http://searchengineland.com/070405-111149.php).

  2. Nomination of Chair Elect.

    Pat Engelhard nominated Julie Jurgens (both of the OCIO). Julie is going to verify whether she is able to accept the nomination at this time. In the meantime, other nominations may still be made before our next meeting in June.

  3. Potential future meeting topics.

    • Preview of new Nebraska.gov web site (target launch date is currently May 31, 2008)
    • Designing for multiple-browser compatibility
    • Proper removal/archiving of outdated web pages to ensure the public doesn't accidentally get non-current information from our web sites. This subject idea came as a result of our SEO discussion (above). If a web page is linked to any other web page, it's going to get indexed by the search engines. Those who have defunct or out-of-date web pages buried in their web sites are at risk of providing non-current information to the public.
    • PDF accessibility and possibly getting a speaker from the Nebraska Adobe Usergroup.
  4. Miscellaneous.

    Following the publication of our marketing piece in April's Statehouse Observer, the Chair will contact the State Government Council about obtaining an email list from them to sent a follow-up email encouraging attendance at our meetings.

    Chair will send an email to the listserv to notify when the site's RSS feed is updated (but not more than once a week).

  5. Adjourn.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Crane Room (Lower Level, enter building on first floor, South side)