1.2 From "Portal" to Drought.gov

Tuesday, 10 June 2014: 10:45 AM
Church Ranch (Denver Marriott Westminster)
Kathleen Bogan, National Integrated Drought Information System, Boulder, CO; and M. J. Brewer, L. Darby, V. Deheza, R. Pulwarty, R. Webb, and J. Verdin

Q. What do the website drought.gov and the iPhone have in common?

A. They each launched the same year: 2007. The iPhone is in its fifth generation; drought.gov might be in its second. It's time to rethink this portal to all things drought-related, so drought.gov can continue to fulfill its part in the mission of the National Integrated Drought Information System.

NIDIS was tasked seven years ago with developing “a national internet-based clearinghouse for data, models, risk information, and impacts of drought, with responsibility for archiving and disseminating data through a Web-based portal.” Much has changed in the way we engage with digital platforms since then. And, climate science has come to the fore. This session looks at the redesign of drought.gov, and the ways it seeks to bring drought information to a wide public through graphics, relevant updates, intuitive navigation and user-friendly structure.

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