The first thing you will notice about the new website is the look and feel. It’s
a big change and we hope you like it. However, what’s really exciting is that this
redesign has resulted in extensive organizational and structural changes that we
think visitors will appreciate.
The primary task for the NCI-Frederick Web Design & Development Team was to determine
how the community currently utilizes the NCI-Frederick web site and web-based systems,
as well as identify areas for improvement. To develop a more comprehensive solution,
we compiled user data from various sources: web surveys, personal surveys, web metrics,
and user suggestions provided through the webmaster account. This data was compiled
and reviewed to determine the key areas where most users experienced problems. The
resulting features and enhancements are intended to make the site easier to navigate,
as well as to highlight valuable information about what we do here. As our goal
is to provide you with the best possible tools to carry out your daily activities,
we hope that you will take the time to review some of the enhancements that resulted
from this process and give us your feedback.
One of the primary goals of this redesign was to provide a more consistent user
experience by unifying the look and feel of the various applications used across
the NCI-Frederick. Due to the large amount of existing content, it was determined
that several releases of the website would be necessary to achieve this vision.
Over the next several months, the web team will be updating legacy content and applications
across the site to the new "look and feel". During this time we will continue to
reach out to the NCI-Frederick community for their feedback and suggestions.
Thanks to a great crew of volunteer usability testers, we a have a long list of
enhancements that we will be working on in the coming months, including but not
limited to: search results ranking, phonebook search enhancements and an expanded
events calendar application. If you have a suggestion for the NCI-Frederick website,
or any related application, please contact Emily Bivona, Project Manager, at
Emily.Bivona@nih.gov, or 301-846-1480.