Grants:IdeaLab/Partner with the U.S. Federal Register to help improve U.S. Government content

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Partner with the U.S. Federal Register to help improve U.S. Government content
Help improve accessibility and quality of U.S. Government content by partnering with the U.S. Federal Register, which is the official journal of U.S. Federal Government documents and therefore staffed by subject-matter experts who can help Wikimedia.
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idea creator
Sasuke Sarutobi
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Sasuke Sarutobi
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created on15:13, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

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Participation in and understanding of the U.S. Federal Government by U.S. and world citizens is increasingly important not just in light of controversial actions of the new Federal Administration, but also as further changes in technology result in faster and more profound effects around the world from U.S. Government policies and statements.

As Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia provide some of the most-used resources by people around the world, any collaboration that helps improve the accuracy and quality of Wikimedia content concerning the U.S. Federal Government can in turn help with political understanding and engagement at a time when popular engagement with politics has increasingly significant effects in the actions of many governments around the world. This projects intends to lay a strong foundation for technical and organisational collaboration, and perhaps even provide a model for engagement with similar agencies in other countries.

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Developing collaboration with the Federal Register would mutually help both the Federal Register in its vital communication work by helping provide access of their work to a wider audience, and help Wikimedia by fostering links with subject-matter experts regarding the U.S. Federal Government.

Project goals[edit]

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  • Review Wikipedia coverage of key documents published by the Federal Register (such as Executive Orders and Presidential Directives) with the assistance of subject-matter experts to specifically improve articles and templates about those documents, to provide improved standards on what needs coverage in articles relating to documents of those types, and to provide technical links where appropriate (e.g. via Wikidata) to assist with communication from Federal Register publications to relevant Wikimedia content.
  • Build links with the Federal Register that help speed up the addition of relevant information from the Federal Register to Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia and Wikidata.
  • Help Wikimedia build engagement with experts in wider fields of the U.S. Federal Government.

Who will you be doing outreach with?[edit]

U.S. Federal Register

Get Involved[edit]

About the idea creator[edit]

I'm a British citizen, but events of the last year have helped me realise the scale on which global events affect people in their day-to-day lives, partly by seeing first-hand how the information and sources that people consume can shape their opinions and decisions. In turn, while creating the Wikipedia template for infoboxes about U.S. Presidential Documents, I began to realise that the Federal Register is a key gateway for people to understand the work of the U.S. Federal Government, and that Wikimedia could benefit from links with the Federal Register to not only help improve existing content about the U.S. Federal Government, but also improve standards and technical links so that relevant information from the Federal Register is added to Wikimedia projects more quickly and systematically.

I have been a registered member of Wikipedia for more than 11 years, and involved personally in reviewing and improving articles from stub to GA-class. I have a diverse range of subject interests, but in all of them, I find good quality and accessible information not just helpful in studying, but in effect a "force multiplier" in the ability to understand and engage with the subject. I believe that this is increasingly important as technological and societal change brings information from an array of sources to people in quantities that could scarcely be imagined even a decade or two ago.


  • Volunteer I am already beginning work on better integrating Federal Register data into Wikipedia templates and looking at possible worklists. Sasuke Sarutobi (talk) 00:13, 28 February 2017 (UTC)


  • yes we have had discussion with integrating federal register publication with wikisource and wikipedia articles. Slowking4 (talk) 02:36, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

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