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VLAF launches online guide

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Cite as: July 2014 88 (07) LIJ, p.14

A new guide to help create and maintain effective online community legal content has been launched by the Victorian Legal Assistance Forum (VLAF).

The best practice guidelines aim to raise the standard of online community legal information by providing guidance on how to produce and maintain high-quality information that makes the best use of resources.

Small community legal centres through to large government departments will find the information useful – before and after they have created online content. The guidelines have been developed so they can be used effectively by organisations with limited resources. They may also be used to produce hardcopy material or other formats such as apps for use on smart phones.

There are 12 guidelines listed. They cover conducting research before undertaking a new online legal information project, identifying the audience to tailor content to their knowledge and skills, making websites usable and accessible, ensuring information is accurate, reviewing information annually, dating information to give it currency, clarifying the jurisdiction the information covers, linking to other relevant resources, providing a legal glossary, using standard terms, providing information on further advice and support, and raising awareness of new online legal information resources.

For more information go to www.vlaf.org.au.

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