Over the past two years, we’ve been working diligently to build an effort focused on improving our Web presence to improve customer service, usability, and easy access to our science. We’ve listened to and analyzed your feedback over the years and have baked that in from the beginning of this effort. In addition, we’re embracing new directions in federal Web management such as the Digital Government Strategy, mobile first, domain consolidation, content management tools, and more.
The new beta.usgs.gov site is just the tip of the iceberg. As we move forward with our effort, we’ll be focused on improving our entire presence in this new direction. With the launch of our beta, we’ve focused on goals such as:
- improving access to science and data through multiple pathways
- a simplified design
- improving navigation and search
- incorporating top tasks
- proving multiple pathways to science
- enhancing user experience
While the beta is a step in a new direction for the future of the USGS Web presence, we can’t do this without your continued comments. As a valued stakeholder, we encourage you to visit beta.usgs.gov with both your desktop and mobile device…and provide us with comments via the Send Feedback button at the bottom of the pages. As you try out our new beta website, please be aware that some links will take you to the current version of the website. We’re still working on moving content into this new design.
Thank you for your comments, support and thoughts.Scott Horvath is the Bureau Social Media Lead, Office of Communications and Publishing at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).