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).
This site design (anti-design?) tool for libraries takes a bare-bones approach. Food for thought as our research portal struggles to present an ever-growing array of resources.
What makes a website excellent? Focus, great writing and appealing visual design. One-Pager helps you get there by taking a radical and sensible approach to library websites: fewer elements presented in a simple, functional interface. So you get to spend your time making your content excellent.
via Influx :: One-Pager.
Diigo is an online collaboration tool that has some of the web capture & edit tools of Snagit, with groupware thrown in. It claims to provide “a ground-breaking collaborative research and learning tool that allows any group of people to pool their findings through group bookmarks, highlights, sticky notes, and forum.”
Seems like a great tool to use for sharing ideas about improving Virtual Home – not only could we archive screen captures of websites with features we admire, but we could post proposed changes to VH for the group to discuss.
Their tagline is “Research, Share, Collaborate” – sounds familiar.
ParticipateDB is a collaborative catalogue for online tools for participation (often referred to as tools for web-based engagement, online participation, e-participation, e-consultation, online dialogue, online deliberation etc.).
Their goal is to build a comprehensive directory that allows people to easily share, discover, explore and compare the tools available today and how they can best be applied.
Here’s a collaboration tool that allows a person or organization to invite others to Help Me Investigate a topic. It deals mainly with civic matters in the UK. They don’t offer collaborative document editing, but reports can be posted to show the results of investigations.
What interests me is the ease of simply posing a seed idea that could develop into a collaborative group. Could serve as a model for promoting groups on Virtual Home.
Here’s a new acronym to clog your brain with: TLDR, which stands for “Too long, didn’t read.” It’s also the name of a web application for navigating through large-scale online discussions, a project by Srikanth Narayan, done as part of the masters program at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Read more.
An Inside Higher Ed article discusses efforts to develop metrics to assess publishing performance. We don’t have tenure at UCSF, but it’s an interesting concept (but maybe not for publicly viewed research profiles!)
A cautionary tale to keep in mind as we strive to make Virtual Home more interactive and playful: users might forget why they came to a site if there are too many bells and whistles. See for example http://producten.hema.nl/
CommentPress is an “open source theme for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text.”
See it in action & read about its development at http://www.futureofthebook.org/commentpress/about/
This is a tool that has potential for developing ideas submitted to Virtual Home’s open forums. (Although I don’t see anything about how to incorporate comments into the main text. )
Here’s a site that allows patients to send suggestions to researchers doing work on their health problem — translational research really is a loop!
The business model is to sell the data it collects to drug companies — a form of citizen science?