NASA Webmasters take the lead
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Sep 27, 2000
Goddard Webmasters Group home page
NASA's first Webmasters conference could be the start of a more active role
for Webmasters in the transition to "eNASA."
The agency's first conference for Webmasters, held this month at Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., included NASA civil servants and
contractors who manage NASA Web sites.
About 170 attendees discussed issues common throughout NASA and explored
ways to improve use of the Internet to communicate with the public and conduct
NASA's business, said Brian Dunbar, agency spokesman and manager of online
services at NASA headquarters. NASA has more than 1 million public Web pages.
"We're all facing the same problems and concerns," Dunbar said. The
conference looked at the many types of groups that have taken on the Webmaster
role. It also dealt with content standards and other issues, such as search
engines and portals.
The space agency's Webmasters would like to continue having similar
forums and become an advisory board for the NASA chief information officer
on Internet use.
NASA CIO Lee Holcomb told the Webmasters to ask for help in defining
eNASA, which will integrate NASA's public communications, missions and administrative
business in an electronic environment.
Improvements already under way include:
* Updating the NASA search engine to return results more in line with
what the public wants.
* Creating portals that enable NASA employees and eventually the public
to access specific information about a single field from across NASA centers.
* Creating new information security training programs and notification