At roughly the same time PRESIDENT Obama took the oath of office today, became, taking the same "Web 2.0" design and principles from Obama's campaign and transition websites to the website of the new president.

Some noteworthy things about this change:

  • • The website is valid XHTML Transitional*
  • • The previous version of the site had a robots.txt file with 2400 lines of disallow rules. The new site has a single disallow rule.**
  • • All third-party content on the site will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
  • • There's a blog.

These are very nice and all—one a sign of a web team that cares, two are symbols of high-tech transparency, and one is.. a blog—but the real changes are to be found in a blog post announcing the new site and the new administration's policy towards information.

The President's executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review...

Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

Ideally, this would not be remarkable, but it is.

* almost.
** These rules inform search engines which content is not to be indexed. Hat tip to Slog-regular NaFun.