Advisory panel looks for 'moonshot' in Commerce data
April 24, 2015
The inaugural meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council discussed how the Commerce Department can take their troves of data to the next level for the American public.
Commerce.gov has a fresh, new look inspired by user input.
The new site, Beta.Commerce.gov, has a search function that’s now easier to find and use. The USA Search Drupal module allows visitors to search not just across Commerce.gov, but all Commerce websites.
“If you know the information you need is somewhere in the Commerce family, but not sure where, our search tool should be able to find it for you,” according to an Oct. 30 blog post announcing the redesign.
The navigation bar also now follows the user down the page, which means users don’t have to scroll to the top of the page to navigate around the site. The navigation bar has also been simplified to find whatever users are seeking.
The section names have also had a makeover. “Economic Indicators” has been replaced with “Find Data,” and “Newsroom” is now “Get News.” “Focus on Topics” assembles Commerce’s most searched topics into an easily navigable section.
The home page also features statements and announcements front and center, with blog posts right below. A new addition to the site is the media gallery with photo sets and videos. In addition, the responsive design of the overall site allows a better user experience for mobile device users who access the site.
"So now when you visit our site using a mobile device, you won't just see a page scaled to your smaller screen - instead, you'll see a page optimized for viewing on your device," the blog post stated.