Palantir.net's Guide to Digital Governance: Properties and Platforms
This is the second installment of Palantir.net’s Guide to Digital Governance, a comprehensive guide intended to help get you started when developing a governance plan for your institution’s digital communications.
Taking the top level categories you listed for your governance plan in part one, you now will want to think of the properties and platforms within each of them. The following questions are intended to help you think through each piece carefully.
What are the websites we own that are visible to anyone on the Web?
Do we have any public subdomain Websites, such as subdomain.mywebsite.com?
Do we have any micro-sites, or Websites with a URL that is different from our main site?
Do we have any blogs that may be hosted elsewhere, but would be considered part of our public Web presence?
What are the Websites we own that are visible to only those with access we control?
What are the Websites we own that are visible to only those who have access through machines running on our organization’s network?
Do we have any subdomain Websites, such as subdomain.mywebsite.com that require logging in?
Do we have any Websites for only a specific set of constituents?
Intranets and Portals
Do we have a network of internal-use Websites (a.k.a an Intranet), accessible only by password or by logging on to the organization’s network, or otherwise hidden (even by obscurity)?
Do we use any portal sites or pages as a means of aggregating links of importance for specific groups of users?
Are there any web-based applications we use to perform specialized tasks, such as generating reports from data in a database or retrieving digital assets from a database?
Are there any online tools that we use (whether built internally or purchased from a third-party vendor as software-as-a-service (SaaS)?
What platforms, systems, and/or services do we use for collecting payments online?
What platforms, systems, and/or services do we use for selling products online?
Where are these located relative to our other Websites?
What are the social media networks we use to communicate to the outside world?
What are the platforms we use to create digital media, such as video, audio, and photography?
What are the platforms we use to distribute digital media, such as video, audio, and photography
What are the systems we use to send broadcast email to all or large segments of our internal group, members, staff, community, etc.?
What are the systems we use to send broadcast email to all or large segments of our external community, clients, constituents, etc. for the purposed of marketing and promotion?
Digital Communications Governance
What are the pieces that will constitute our official governance system?
NOTE: You may not know the answer to this one yet, so leave it empty for now.
This post is part of a larger series of posts, which make up a Guide to Digital Governance Planning. The sections follow a specific order intended to help you start at a high-level of thinking and then focus on greater and greater levels of detail. The sections of the guide are as follows: