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IVOA website redesign

The Exec has decided to make the IVOA website more friendly for people in search of information regarding Virtual Observatory technology and tools. The conceptual design is embedded in this IVOA Note. This twiki page provides links to evolving drafts of the new web pages, and a continuing opportunity for community comment.

Links to draft material

  • Basic concepts and baseline design are as in the IVOA Note

  • current draft of new website is here

Update 2011-03-13

Comments on current draft (as shown at interop 2010-05-19)

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Comments and notes on initial draft 2005-05-01

  • Here is a summary of the proposed PageTree

  • suggestions to replace button-pix here

  • Fabio comments on initial draft

I like the way the main page is set up, simple and with the things which are really relevant just one click away. In particular, "Members" should remain there as a visible button, just below "Home" ... The button could be called "Member Organisations".

I also like the implicit order (from left to right, for all those using the Latin alphabet): Astronomers, Deployers, Members. After all, astronomers are the main target community of the VO - they are not particularly interested in internals, nor they want to get lost in the middle of info on the individual projects.

I'm not sure I agree with you about having "latest VO news" and "IVOA events" explicitly in the main page. If they become too many (hopefully!) they could clog the page. There could be links to more detailed pages. Or else the main page editing needs to be VERY proactive! And this could be a burden.

It could be useful to have in the main page a "Getting started with using the VO" (or "For Beginners") link which would lead to test use cases, such as the ones prepared e.g. for the EuroVO-AIDA VO-days, or for similar initiatives in the US or elsewhere. Some of the use cases have been prepared for amateurs and students, who do not fall in any of the three categories currently envisaged.

But these are details. The core of the work is VERY nice!

-- FabioPasian - 02 May 2010

Comments on Conceptual Design Version 20100301

The w3c pages have four top categories - standards, participate, membership, about. These seem relevant to the IVOA - especially the standards (http://www.w3.org/standards/) and participate sections (http://www.w3.org/participate/)

If the IVOA site followed a similar model - the links to the VO projects (for astronomer consumption) would then be found in the 'about' section.

The layout suggested in the figure above looks nice - but the prominence given to 'For Astronomers' will mislead. Those who stumble upon the ivoa.net site will see that - think this is a VO - and be confused with what they find there - i.e. something that isn't a VO service for them.

In general - most organisations give highest web prominence to their main product targeted at their main stakeholder. Thus for the ivoa - surely this is standards for deployers/developers. Thus I'd suggest a layout with 'standards, participate, membership, about' as the main sections.

-- NicholasWalton - 01 Mar 2010

Nic - point taken, but for right or wrong, IVOA Exec has concluded pretty firmly over last year or two that it has a direct user-facing responsibility, because lots of people have heard of IVOA. A worse mistake could be if astronomers find the site, assuming its where they find out about the VO, and then find nothing but techy jargon, which will put them off the VO. So there must be a bit for them; but I do agree personally that they are not the main audience. So perhaps the solution is to move the Astro block to the right rather than left which looks "first". Or maybe label these sections "Information for Astronomers" etc rather than just "For Astronomers".

Comments on Conceptual Design Version 0.5

Following initial debate at the Exec meeting of November 2009, the general guidelines for the redesign were set out in this note, which was brought to the attention of the IVOA community. Suggestions were received as follows :

  • Add a section for "acronyms in use" (under the "deployers" section) - BrunoRino - 19 Nov 2009
    • I second that notion, but it should be also available as a vocabulary (2nd stage; UCDs are already there) -- JuanDeDiosSantanderVela
  • Clearinghouse for VO news and calendar items, providing RSS feeds for national sites to embed in their own sites - SarahEmeryBunn


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