Thursday, January 22, 2004

DNB website overhaul....

Our Dutch central bank has redesigned its website. This has some advantages and some disadvantages. A good thing is that the looks have improved and that there is a separate page on the Social Forum on the Payment Systems.

But there are many disadvantages. The links to documents on the old website are now all broken and remain unfixed. More specifically, it is impossible to find the older policy research reports on retail payments and electronic money. In some cases, where DNB-reports have been at the basis of policy discussions in retail payments (on value dating) these reports can not be found on the website any more. Which is not good for the accidental researcher, nor for the transparancy of the policy and activities of the central bank.