Alpha.gov.uk is an experimental prototype of a single website for UK Government, designed to use “open, agile, multi-disciplinary product development techniques and technologies, shaped by an obsession with meeting user needs. ”
The home page consists of a gigantic search feature, a short list of most popular tools and topics with a “browse more” link, latest news, and a well-below-the-fold menu of governmental categories.
Another potential model for a portal that doesn’t overwhelm users. If they can do it for the UK government, surely we can do it for research resources at UCSF!
Take a look at the minimal feedback tool (interior pages).