XIST developed a bilingual easy to manage website using the WordPress content management system. Site requirements included;

  • Bilingual
  • Ecommerce
  • Discussion Forum
  • Easy to maintain

Using open source and commercial software XIST was able to quickly and efficiently create a user-friendly website.


XIST completed a project to analyze the uses, benefits and management issues related to the maintenance of controlled vocabularies for a large government department. This project included:

  • thesaurus application review & environmental scan
  • stakeholder consultations
  • metadata and controlled vocabulary management
  • application of controlled vocabularies in departmental applications
  • search architecture for web resources

XIST analyzed Web 2.0 services, technologies and practices for a Government of Canada department and outlined new opportunities that would support its core business activities. Research included interview sessions with staff, review of industry literature, and use of Web 2.0 services related to social networking, media sharing, social tagging, peercasting, syndication, blogs, wikis, and content mash-ups.


For a federal organization, XIST completed a site review that included surveying users, reviewing departmental communications strategy, conducting stakeholder interviews, and analyzing site statistics. The outcome was the creation of a revised information architecture with content and services recommendations to reposition the site for emerging needs.


XIST worked in partnership with an Ottawa based content development and research company to deliver a strategic plan that outlined a realistic and viable multi-year strategic plan to manage information resources. The project included content analysis, business process analysis and user needs assessment.


XIST completed an assessment of information management processes for a multi-partner government agency to analyze its information management practices and technologies, establish information management priorities, and outline a way forward to improve its information management capabilities. Recommendations included potential development strategies to streamline the organization’s information management operations, control critical sets of data, and position it to better manage increasing workloads and program activities.

  • stakeholder consultations

XIST developed for a government organization the strategic plan and information architecture of a portal web site that promotes physical activity to Canadians. The work required:

  • design and execution of user needs assessment interviews with key stakeholders
  • extensive online research across three tiers of government web sites to identify similar content offerings and programs
  • development of recommendations for the new site’s purpose, objectives, and design principles
  • identification and segmentation of potential, key audience types by information and navigation requirements
    design of a coordinated, scalable information architecture

XIST recently completed a strategic planning project to redevelop a government Internet website. This project included:

  • stakeholder consultations & focus groups
  • web survey preparation & data analysis
  • analysis & recommendations for website governance
  • information architecture development
  • preliminary website design mockups

XIST recently finished the first iteration of a community oriented website. The project involved extensive stakeholder consultations and information architecture planning. XIST carried out an environmental scan of web content management systems and selected Drupal.

More information and a full project description will be coming after the official site launch.

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