Monday, March 21, 2005

NASA's portal

NASA wants to make a web portal the axis for more than 170 sites. The new NASA Public Web Site Integration Plan sets principles and standards the space agency will use to weave and link the sites to the central portal
The effort will consolidate many of the agency's Web sites and pages through the portal. This will provide standards for the presentation of all pages, even those that NASA opts to integrate with the portal. NASA wants to make its online services more productive to its visitors. The project has a wide-ranging budget. The estimate is toward $12 million, depending on how much contractors like eTouch carry out.
The eight guiding principles are:
  • Satandardize content
  • Create a uniform look
  • Implementing naming conventions to ensure existing URL's have appropriate redirects
  • Evaluate the need for additional hardware and software
  • Ensure scalability
  • Evaluate content for full integration into the portal's content management system
  • Migrate content off existing systems
  • Assess the need for additional databases and applications
The project is expected to be complete by mid-2007.

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