Spotlight: NCI-Frederick Redesign
Welcome to the new NCI-Frederick online presence.
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.
Enhanced Search Interface
While the previous functionality allowed you to execute a full text search on the
full NCI-Frederick website, our enhanced version allows you to narrow your search
to “Services” or the “Phonebook” by selecting the radio buttons provided.
reduce confusion and increase readability, the Phonebook link has been placed in
the main NCI-Frederick banner and is now an icon. Users may still access the Phonebook
via the search or through the “About” section.
The main navigation has been streamlined and made easier to read. Click on “Expanded
Navigation” to see an expanded view of the additional menu options. This feature
replaced the previous drop-down menu that created issues with accessibility and
The NCI-Frederick site map can be accessed from the "site map" link located in the
footer on every page. The initial view of the site map will show all files currently
in the new NCI-Frederick look and feel. Each section can be collapsed by clicking
on the minus (-) icon next to each section. Click on the text to be take directly
to the content page.
Enhanced Feature Article Area
Enhancements have been added to make the Feature Article Area more user friendly:
- Click on the numeric buttons located at the top of the article area to select which
article you would like to preview. The current article will be highlighted in red.
- Pause the article rotation by placing your mouse over the article image. To resume
rotation, mouse off of the image.
- Click on the arrow to the left of the article title to read an expanded description
of the article content.
- Click on the article title to be taken to the full article content.
NCI-F At A Glance
This area previews the main content found under the About NCI-F section, including
a new Visitor’s Guide, a Who To Contact quicklist, and the full NCI-Frederick Calendar.
Events Calendar and Staff Notices
The events calendar area has been expanded to show more upcoming events. Clicking
on the “Notices” tab will display a list of pertinent staff notices.
User Directed Content
The center area provides a method of navigating the site information based on user
role or user interest. Each section has a title that describes the type of information
it contains, and you may do one of the following:
- Click on the Section Title to be taken to a landing page containing all available
information on that topic/interest area
- Click on the plus (+) icon to expand a list of selected links from within that topic/interest
This feature remains and will continue to be included on every page within the website.
These notices appear on all landing pages and allow for graphical content. Groups
who have information that they would like to display but do not have enough content
for a Feature Rotating Article may choose to display their information here.
Located on the top of every content page is a "breadcrumb", which is a navigation
aid that allows users to keep track of their location within the overall site structure.
The first link in the breadcrumb is always the home page, while the last item indicates
the users current location.
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.