[Coral-List] HD.gov (human dimensions Web portal)

Christopher Hawkins chwkins at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 26 09:33:05 EST 2007

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  HD.gov – A New Interagency Human Dimensions Web Portal

We would like to inform you of an upcoming opportunity to have a say in 
the development of a new interagency Web portal and information resource 
focusing on the human dimensions of natural resource management – HD.gov 
(for more information please see description below). This three hour 
meeting will include a walkthrough of the current Web layout and quality 
control mechanisms, presentations from partners, information on becoming 
a partner, and an interactive demonstration of some cutting edge 
technologies that we will be using to integrate multiple web resources. 
Please see invitation below:


The HD.gov team will be hosting two half-day meetings -- February 21st 
and 22nd -- in Washington, DC to talk with partners, potential partners, 
and other interested parties about opportunities to become involved with 
the development of HD.gov. If you cannot attend either of these meetings 
you also have the option of calling in and watching the presentations 
through WebEX on your own computer and Internet browser.

This meeting will be a great opportunity to network with other social 
scientists from state and government agencies, academia, and 
non-governmental organizations and learn about their interests, 
products, and initiatives. Many of the potential HD.gov Web portal 
contributors will discuss contributions and anticipated benefits of the 
portal to their organizations.

The meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, 21 February 2007, Hosted by the SCB Social Science Working 
Group at the World Wildlife Fund Offices
Time: 1:00-4:00PM
Location: 1250 24th Street, NW, Washington, DC
(Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West)

Thursday, 22 February 2007, Hosted by the USDA Forest Service
Time: 1:00-4:00PM
Location: Training Room, Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW, Washington, DC
(Metro Stop: Smithsonian)

Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Please register in advance at:

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone we might have missed 
or who might have an interest in HD.gov. For additional information, 
please contact one of us (contact info below):

HD.gov Team

  Hansje.Gold-Krueck at noaa.gov – content, links, resources, and feedback
Fred.P.Clark at fs.fed.us  – partnering opportunities or any other questions
Tom.Fish at noaa.gov – partnering opportunities or any other questions
Barry.Girsh at noaa.gov – technical aspects, usability, Web design, Content 
Management System (CMS)

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Thomas E. Fish, Ph.D.
Human Dimensions Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
NOAA Coastal Services Center
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC  29405
Tel: 843.740.1271
Fax: 843.740.1313
Email: Tom.Fish at noaa.gov
Web: http://www.csc.noaa.gov


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HD.gov is a joint effort by several U.S. federal agencies, with 
involvement from a wide variety of other U.S. and international 
agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions, to 
establish a credible online information resource and “one-stop shop” 
dedicated to the human dimensions of natural resource management and 
environmental problem solving. HD.gov will serve as a central resource 
for social science materials as well as a true portal with featured 
links to guide users to existing online information relevant to their 
specific information needs (e.g., online tools, publications, methods, 
data, calendar of events, contacts).

The idea is to develop HD.gov with full and open input from members of 
the human dimensions of natural resource management community, for use 
by that community and beyond. The interactive nature of this portal has 
the potential to make it a leading information source for practitioners 
and users alike. To realize that potential, we need to work together. 
While the portal is designed with the practitioner in mind, specific 
content is also available for novice users, as well as those with more 
experience and expertise.


Many potential benefits have been discussed related to HD.gov, including:
** Providing a content rich environment for natural resource management 
professionals to learn about the application of social science to 
relevant environmental issues
** Increasing visibility and awareness of human dimensions programs in 
agencies and organizations
** Reducing widespread duplication of efforts
** Fostering coordination across multiples agencies to share techniques, 
information, and innovations
** Providing quick access to a wealth of human dimensions information
** Providing a venue for online sharing and discussion of human 
dimensions issues, methods and field applications, results and lessons 
learned, collaboration opportunities, and current events
** Fostering synergy for creation of new Web-based human dimensions 
tools and resources
** Enhancing the community of practice of human dimensions professionals
** Retaining full author and/or organizational credit for all contributions


Many opportunities exist to contribute to the development of HD.gov; we 
are looking for assistance in all of the following areas:

** Content review. Credibility of the portal is essential and we want to 
make sure all of the content is reviewed by multiple parties before 
being posted on-line.
** Providing content within established template structure and 
guidelines. This allows consistent presentation of information across 
topics, method, case study, research summaries, etc. All contributions 
will undergo peer review and contributors will be acknowledged for their 
** Developing partner pages. This provides a dedicated area for human 
dimensions relevant information from a specific agency or organization.
** Providing new resources. Send us information concerning Web sites, 
books, publications, and other resources for us to add to the resources 
** Serving on topical sub-committee(s) for development of particular 
sections or functions (e.g., methods, data, tools, Web-design, policy, 
content review, events)
** Developing online tools. Developing technology tools with the human 
dimensions professional in mind and served up on HD.gov.
** Contributing to HD.gov design and Web-development.
** Engaging other likely partners that we have not yet made contact with.
** General feedback. Please send any comments, requests, feedback you 
might have on the site.
** Great ideas. The limits to what can be accomplished with HD.gov 
reside in our collective imagination. Your great ideas can bust those 
limits and take the portal to new levels of usability, purpose, and 


To take a look at the preliminary layout and features of HD.gov, a 
“placeholder” portal is now available on-line at 
http://www.HD.gov/home.php. To gain access to the site, use the 
following user name and password:

User: Partner
Password: Partner123

On the portal you will be able to access templates and guidelines for 
the different pages, see some draft example pages, explore navigation 
options, and read FAQs.

Remember, this is a placeholder, an example of what the working portal 
might look like and contain. Your ideas and contributions are essential 
in making the actual portal even better. Please do not hesitate to send 
us your comments and suggestions.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone we might have 
missed or may have an interest in HD.gov. For additional information, 
please contact us at: info at HD.gov

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Thomas E. Fish, Ph.D.
Human Dimensions Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
NOAA Coastal Services Center
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC  29405
Tel: 843.740.1271
Fax: 843.740.1313
Email: Tom.Fish at noaa.gov
Web: http://www.csc.noaa.gov

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