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Survey of the European Commission acknowledges the address logic of Estonian websites

28.01.2013

The survey of the Directorate-General for Informatics lists the best practice for designing uniform resource identifiers (URI) and web addresses (URL). When analysing the user-friendliness and persistence of the addresses, the web addresses of spordiinfo.ee, riigiteataja.ee and the Estonian Land Board are brought as interesting examples among others in the practice of the Member States of the European Union.

URIs and URLs, the subclass of the former, are an essential part of the information society infrastructure. The name or characteristic of a person, institution, plot of land, building or another object is often known, but a search engine is used for finding more accurate data. The simplest and fastest way would be entering the characteristic on the address bar on the assumption that the name or characteristic of every object would also be a web address or that the address could be derived from the name/characteristic. For example, data concerning our famous athletes can be easily accessed in the Lexicon of Estonian Sport if we know their name: http://www.spordiinfo.ee/esbl/biograafia/Ilmar_Ruus

In addition to spordiinfo.ee, the survey also points out the website of the Land Board where the description of a plot of land can be easily found by entering the number of the plot of land (cadastral register number) in the web browser, for example http://xgis.maaamet.ee/ky/FindKYByT.asp?txtCU=78401:101:2740

It is also convenient to find the currently valid version of a legal act from the Riigi Teataja by adding ?leiaKehtiv to the end of the web address, for example https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/122032011010?leiaKehtiv. The solution of the Riigi Teataja is also unique as the legislation of the Republic of Estonia can be linked at the section level, e.g. it is simple to refer to section 34 of the Public Information Act: https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/122032011010?leiaKehtiv#para34.

The survey provides a good overview of the nature of URIs, the principles for designing them and in addition to Estonia, the experience of the United Kingdom, Italy, Eurostat, etc., in the respective field are considered. The survey concludes with 10 rules that web developers should adhere to for persistent URIs. The survey can be accessed at https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/semic/document/10-rules-persistent-uris.

The EISA hereat recommends examining the Web Interoperability Framework (.odt, in Estonian, version 1.0, 2012) that includes the rules and recommendations for designing the web addresses of the Estonian public sector.

Topic: RIHA

Added 24.07.2013

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