State debuting dynamic site
- By Bryant Jordan
- Jan 18, 2001
The State Department is archiving its current Web sitemarking the end
of the Clinton administrationand replacing it with a newly overhauled
site that, officials say, will be more user-friendly.
The new sitescheduled for debut todaywill be more dynamic, according
to Colleen Hope, director of State's office of electronic information dissemination.
As the Web site becomes database-driven, "all material released under
the Bush administration will be entered into the database and appear within
standard basic Web page structure" for State bureaus and offices, Hope said.
The new Web site will continue to be found at www.state.gov.
The current site will continue to be maintained after Jan. 20, with
links to it from State's new Web site, Hope said.
Some of the archives from the current site will be housed permanently
at the Electronic Research Collection
at the University of Illinois at Chicago library. The university, the State
Department the Federal Depository Library Program and the U.S. General Printing
Office are partners in the collection.
The ERC already houses some State electronic archives dating back to
the early 1990s, including the Web site of the former Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
The format changes to the State site are based on usability studies
and analysis of feedback from department personnel and the public, Hope
The home page will be made up of nine sections: About the State Department;
Press and Public Affairs; Travel and Living Abroad; Business Center; Countries
and Regions; International Topics and Issues; History; Education and Culture;
Employment; and Other Services.
There will also be a "Highlights" section on the page to focus on current
issues or services, as well as a link to information released that day,
State's current site typically includes five icons or images representing
an issue or service the department is highlighting.
"The site was created in 1997, and anything from 1997 is pretty old
right now," Hope said in November, when she first talked about the changes.