2012-07-05

Announcing the ICPSR Open Beta

Every 2-3 years, ICPSR takes a moment to re-evaluate how we can best serve the ICPSR membership, and we redesign our Web site accordingly. In early September, we will launch our latest redesign, and we'd like to give you the opportunity to test our new site prototype, and give us additional feedback on potential improvements.

The new site can be found here:

http://staging.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsralpha/

and we'll be doing beta testing during the month of July. In August, we'll make changes based upon your feedback and do the last-minute polishing necessary before site launch.

For this resdesign, our goals were pretty straight-forward:

  • Improve navigation so that users are presented with a smaller set of options tailored to their specific tasks.

  • Make it easier for users to determine how a study matches their search terms.

  • Improve searching overall and direct users to more productive search techniques.

  • Tailor the search experience so that it aligns better with other popular searches, so that users can leverage their search experience.

  • Improve search engine optimization so that data users unfamiliar with ICPSR are more likely to find us.

  • Make variable results more accessible by adding a variable comparison utility and the ability to view variables within their context.

More detail on the redesign changes can be found here:

http://staging.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsralpha/content/ICPSR/redesign.html

Please note that the content of some sections (such as Data Management) is still being revised.

As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to web-support@icpsr.umich.edu. Your help in testing the new site is greatly appreciated.