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TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT AND OUTREACH. Hosted by:. Sarah Kirchen Drew Bittner. March 18, 2010 Room 5E-081 Call In # 301-903-0754. Web Coordinators Meeting. Around the Room – Drew Bittner, DOE (15 min.) Earth Day – Chris Stewart, NREL (5 min.)

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Technology advancement and outreach


Hosted by:

Sarah Kirchen

Drew Bittner

March 18, 2010

Room 5E-081

Call In # 301-903-0754

Web Coordinators Meeting

Eere web coordinators meeting

Around the Room – Drew Bittner, DOE (15 min.)

Earth Day – Chris Stewart, NREL (5 min.)

New Program Template – Erica Augustine & Chris Stewart, NREL (20 min.)

ITP Usability Training – (5 min.)

Communication Standards Podcasts – Elizabeth Spencer, NREL (5 min.)

DOE Web Group – Drew Bittner, DOE (5 min.)

Wrap Up – Drew Bittner, DOE (5 min.)

Agenda – March 18, 2010

EERE Web Coordinators Meeting

Earth day


Updated animation

Various promotional activities

Earth Day

New program template

Sample program home page

New Program Template

  • Clean, simplified (no stratification)

  • Horizontal navigation

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New Program Template

Persistent links(to be determined)

Site-specific search

Color area is 100% screen width


  • Full-width banner, fixed-width content

  • Contemporary, clean design

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New Program Template

  • Clean, removes complexity

  • Differentiates from full-color header page

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New Program Template

Space for print, share, etc.

Quick links option in right sidebar

One option for rotating Flash image

Features given more prominence

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New Program Template

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New Program Template

1024 x 768 screen

Wide screen

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Sample program first-level page

Sample program interior page (right-side navigation)

Sample program interior page (no right-side navigation)

Sample subsite home page

Sample B program home page

Sample B subsite home page

New Program Template

Itp usability training

ITP Usability Training

(1) Purpose

  • Redesign:

  • Improve the usability of ITP’s Web site and align user’s goals with ITP’s goals

    • -Enhance the quality of a user’s experience, allowing them to

      • - Answer their questions

        • - Reach their goals

        • - Do their work productively and easily

  • Usability Training:

  • What we learned

    • - What usability is and why it is important for a successful Web site

      • - How to plan, prepare, and conduct a usability study

      • - How to analyze data and report the findings of a study

      • - Tips for integrating usability into your organization

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ITP Usability Training

  • (2) A Few Interesting things we learned

  • User-Centered Design (UCD)−places users at the center of the development process

    • UCD saves team time, effort, and money; and increases use

  • Fewer phone calls

    • Customers get what they need successfully themselves

    • Satisfied customers

    • Enhanced reputation

    • Rework problems during development

  • UCD helps create products that are relevant to users and easy to use by focusing on user needs at every stage of development

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ITP Usability Training

  • A Few Interesting things we learned continued…

  • Usability is a Balance−UCD helps you figure out what the right balance is for a specific Web site or application

    • The 5 Aspects (5 “Es”) of Usability:

      • - Effective

      • - Efficient

      • - Easy to Learn

      • - Error Tolerant

      • - Engaging

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ITP Usability Training

A Few Interesting things we learned continued…

  • Usability Testing:

    • Deciding who to include in your usability test:

      • Who you choose will impact how the system is designed and therefore evaluated

      • Can’t design for everyone

      • Users you choose must represent who actually uses the system

      • Prioritizing users – sample criteria

        • Which group can help the organization accomplish its business goals?

        • Which group has the most to lose if the system doesn’t work for them?

        • Which group has the most diverse set of tasks?

        • Which group is the largest?

        • Which group is the neediest or has the least knowledge?

      • What would you get if you tried to design a car that pleased every possible driver?

        • A car that no one would want to drive.

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ITP Usability Training

A Few Interesting things we learned continued…

  • Planning a Study:

    • Define usability issues

    • Define tasks to be performed

    • Determine data to collect

    • Create scenarios (stories that are given to participants)

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ITP Usability Training

Where we’re going from here…

  • March−June:

    • Analyze data we’ve collected on users

      • server and search logs; survey; EERE call center interviews

    • Create user profiles/personas that reflect target user groups

    • Recruit study participants

    • Define study scope, goals, research questions

    • Create scenarios that will be given to participants

    • Conduct user sessions

    • Data Analysis

    • Create report of results/recommendations

    • ITP home page mockup

Technology advancement and outreach

Communication Standards Podcasts


Doe web group

DOE Web Group

  • Organizational meeting 3/11/10

  • 18 attendees, seven offices represented

  • Two topics of discussion:

    a. DOE social media policy

    b. Open Government Directive

  • Action items:

    a. drafting charter

    b. organizing next meeting

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DOE Web Group

  • Social media policy-

    1. YouTube- DOE level; looking for 3-5 minute videos of broad interest

    2. Flickr- DOE account, organized by “collections” with offices having “albums” for their content

    3. Twitter- working on new Terms of Service (TOS), will be available at office level

    4. Google Analytics- working on TOS

    5. Facebook- check in with John Schueler regarding FB plans, can be approved immediately

    6. MySpace- DOE page, using existing content

    7. GovLoop- no plans yet

    8. MixedInk- wiki-type tool for collaboration, currently in review

    9. Ideascale- community “voting” and idea-pooling application, currently being used for Open Govt Directive, option to extend

    10. Second Life- no plans

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DOE Web Group

Open Government Directive

  • Point of contact is Janice Ausby

  • DOE will file OGD compliance plan with OMB on 4/7

  • DOE has already provided five “high value” data sets for uploading, per OGD requirements

  • Refer to for information on OGD and DOE

Wrap up

Wrap Up

  • Next MeetingThursday, April 151:30 – 3 p.m.Room 5E-081

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