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Special Edition Webinar: How SGCI Helped Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) Gateway Meet Their Goals

October 24, 2018

Special Edition Webinar: How SGCI Helped Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) Gateway Meet Their Goals

Presented by Jason Fleming, ASGS Technology Manager, Seahorse Coastal Consulting, LLC

During a critical event like an impending or active tropical storm, emergency managers, weather forecasters, and GIS specialists seek visualizations and geographic data to evaluate the impact of this storm. The Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) science gateway provides real-time decision support through their storm surge mapper and storm surge model. The CERA team participated in the second Science Gateway Bootcamp offered by the SGCI Incubator. Join us to hear about the CERA team's experience with the Bootcamp and how the Bootcamp led them down a path to work with usability consultants from SGCI's Incubator service area. The team is also currently working with SGCI's Extended Developer Support consultants. 

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Webinar: Making your gateway easy and pleasant to use—An introduction to usability and user-centered design

November 8, 2017

Making your gateway easy and pleasant to use: An introduction to usability and user-centered design

Presented by Paul Parsons, Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University

Do you ever wonder why some websites are easy and even pleasant to use, while others are confusing and frustrating? Do you wonder how you might design and evaluate your gateway to ensure pleasantness and ease of use? This month’s webinar will provide some answers to these important questions. The webinar will introduce usability and user-centered design, will present and discuss examples of common usability problems, and will provide an overview of strategies and methods that experts use to evaluate and fix usability problems. At the end of this webinar, participants will (a) value the importance of usability and user-centered design; (b) be able to identify common usability problems; (c) appreciate various strategies for identifying and fixing common usability problems; and (d) be able to communicate with usability experts in an informed way.

Note: During the webinar, Paul recommended Steve Krug's Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fiinding and Fixing Usability Problems as a valuable and easy-to-follow resource for anyone interested in learning more about usability.

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