It's been slow on this blog lately because we have been busy meeting with so many of you in person. Mark, Alex and Nathan have been here at CERN all week and we have had a lot of really great meetings with people from across the CERN community to discuss the latest prototypes.
In his last blog post Mark said we would be sharing the latest prototype iterations last week. We have held off with this because this iteration brought up so many points for discussion and revision - it feels like we're touching upon some really important issues. These discussions are still ongoing, so in the spirit of keeping this process open, here is prototype iteration 3:
Part of our work has been asking 'what do people want from the CERN site' : curiosity is a big reason people from outside CERN visit. They want to know a little more about what is going on, on the inside, in terms they can understand.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been getting to know CERN. We’ve been getting to know how the website is currently used; what is it that people want to do? what do they want to know and who are they? We’ve also been spending our time understanding the current content on the website and assessing what is valuable and what isn’t. All of this talking, listening, researching and strategising has led to some key initial deliverables from us for the project. We’re beginning to define direction and we wanted to share this output with you for feedback.
We are trying to make sure that everyone in the CERN community gets the opportunity to give input to this redesign process. So far we have run online surveys, run presentations for various groups*, conducted face-to-face interviews, had discussions over Skype...
Over the last couple of weeks we have run two separate surveys: one on the users' website, and one on the public site (which is still open). The goal was to gain a better understanding of the types of people using these two websites, and insight into their needs and motivations.