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New NASA website
« on: 11/08/2007 01:50 PM »
From the email:


"More than a graphic facelift, nasa.gov 5.0 will offer users a new level of interactivity: the opportunity to comment on selected agency stories, for example, or to create a personal playlist of favorite NASA videos, or to share NASA content with others via social bookmarking sites such as Digg and del.icio.us. New topic-based navigation will offer users easier access to the depth and breadth of NASA Web content. On the back end, nasa.gov 5.0 will integrate new software to improve search results and help users find our most popular content."


(Internal link - a big no no! - Chris).






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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #1 on: 11/08/2007 02:43 PM »
Can't wait to see it.  I hope it's updated more than the NASA site is now!

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #2 on: 11/08/2007 03:35 PM »
Why does even NASA feel the need to jump on the social networking bandwagon? Can't some sites exist solely as sources of officially generated content? Personally, I have no idea what value the opinions of NASA fans will add to the official NASA website (he says while stating an opinion on a NASA fan website.)

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #3 on: 11/08/2007 03:53 PM »
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Tergenev - 8/11/2007  10:35 AM

Why does even NASA feel the need to jump on the social networking bandwagon? Can't some sites exist solely as sources of officially generated content? Personally, I have no idea what value the opinions of NASA fans will add to the official NASA website (he says while stating an opinion on a NASA fan website.)

I don't think it's about adding value - it's about adding interest.

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RE: New NASA website
« Reply #4 on: 11/08/2007 04:25 PM »
NASA's website has continously gone downhill ever since they outsourced it. I doubt that this is anything more than eye candy with, in all likelyhood, even more loss of links to hard data.

PAO at work.

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #5 on: 11/08/2007 07:24 PM »
I have always loved hot http://www.nasa.gov/ resolves and http://nasa.gov/ does not. Give it a try with your favorite web site, most will resolve without the www. Who wants to type "www" everytime they hand enter a website?

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #6 on: 11/08/2007 07:47 PM »
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kevin-rf - 8/11/2007  2:24 PM

I have always loved hot http://www.nasa.gov/ resolves and http://nasa.gov/ does not. Give it a try with your favorite web site, most will resolve without the www. Who wants to type "www" everytime they hand enter a website?

That's NASA's (or their contractor's) fault for not registering the plain 'nasa.gov' address as well as the www address.
(and if they were smart, and permitted, they would have registered both 'www.nasa.com' and 'nasa.com' as well)

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #7 on: 11/08/2007 08:07 PM »
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That's NASA's (or their contractor's) fault for not registering the plain 'nasa.gov' address as well as the www address.
(and if they were smart, and permitted, they would have registered both 'www.nasa.com' and 'nasa.com' as well)

It's not really a matter of registering another address; unless there's some unknown reason they don't want it to work that way, it's a fairly simple (one-line!) configuration change on their DNS server. I've made that mistake a few times myself.  Shame they haven't fixed it in all the years I've been typing in the wrong one, cursing, and having to type it in again...

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #8 on: 11/08/2007 08:14 PM »
It would if NASA owned the DNS server(s) for their URL addresses. They don't.

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #9 on: 11/08/2007 10:14 PM »
Well, either way, it's annoying.

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #10 on: 11/09/2007 08:48 AM »
I've always found the main NASA website to be lacking detail and hard to navigate. They really need to link to all the stuff with detailed information (on the NTRS website etc.) from the main mission pages, not just lots of pretty pictures.

Hopefully they've done more than just Web 2.0ified the site and broken tons of links.
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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #11 on: 11/09/2007 08:43 PM »
The new website will be up November 30th at www.nasa.gov.

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #12 on: 11/11/2007 09:39 PM »

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MKremer - 8/11/2007  8:14 PM  It would if NASA owned the DNS server(s) for their URL addresses. They don't.

Actually they do!  ;) . NASA owns/operates one the the 13 mirrored top level Root Domain Name Servers which form the backbone of the internet. Its at Ames somewhere, although they wouldn't be able to just edit it as and when they want.


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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #13 on: 11/11/2007 10:12 PM »
Does anyone know how much they've spent on the redesign?

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #14 on: 11/11/2007 10:39 PM »
For those who have a negative impression about NASA.gov ...

The NASA web presence is huge, and if you spend time (you'll need a lot) perusing it you may find yourself agreeing with a description that a friend of mine once gave: "It's perhaps the single largest repository of knowledge in existence". The more of the NASA web presence I have seen, the more impressed I am. It's not always easy to navigate, but considering the sheer mass of material that is hosted, it's not surprising.

As far as I'm concerned, if you look around the NASA web site, you might learn something (sorry Keith ;-)

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #15 on: 11/13/2007 09:45 AM »
I just hope that they will come up with a nice gallery feature. Shuttle images from one source and from early missions. That would be sensational -- but we all know what's it gonna be like in the end, right?

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #16 on: 11/13/2007 11:31 AM »
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I just hope that they will come up with a nice gallery feature. Shuttle images from one source and from early missions. That would be sensational -- but we all know what's it gonna be like in the end, right?

Probably do the same thing that they did to NIX- make it "better." Used to be that NIX was the most handy and easy to use site to quickly search all of NASA for photo images in one shot- and you could search as many as 400 at a time- then just scroll down the thumbnails and pick what you wanted. You could search the phrase "Saturn V" for example and boom! 400 thumbs! Then... they made it better... Now, go to NIX and enter "Saturn V" as a phrase and it will tell you, "no content found." You have to type it in as 2 words, and then you get all of the planet Saturn images too- because, unlike the former system, you cannot eliminate any of the centers from the search. And so on... So, what they did was take a very handy tool and make it a pain to use. I used to search with NIX all the time- now I don't even bother.

There's something about web folks that they always want to take a simple easy to use tool and just when everyone gets used to using it- make it "better." which, by the way- it rarely is.


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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #17 on: 11/21/2007 04:33 PM »
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/NASA50/1.html

They have a preview up on the NASA site

Looks okay,  but I hope they have people on the payroll to moderate the comments or that will just get out of hand.

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RE: New NASA website
« Reply #18 on: 11/21/2007 04:43 PM »
Fair play to Brian Dunbar (good guy who did ask some of us writers on ideas) - as some certainly made it into this new version!

The comments will likely be approval based, so spam and rubbish will simply never be published.

The cloud is a very good idea, it's worked very well for us on L2:

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Re: New NASA website
« Reply #19 on: 11/21/2007 04:49 PM »
I do love the cloud idea it is awesome on L2.  I wonder if there are any other government websites that are that interactive.

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