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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis
SD1999-14


Title: Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Office of Research Web Site
Project Researcher: Alicia Ripley, SDDOT
Project Manager: Bill Cookson
Research Period: 5/1/1999 - 8/30/1999
Status:
Cost: $10,000.00

Problem Statement: This report presents the findings and recommendations on the design, construction, and maintenance of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, Office of Research (SDDOT OOR) Web Site. The Office of Research currently has a web site available, but wishes to continually improve the communication between other DOT offices, consultants, contractors, the public, and outside state and federal agencies. Therefore, the Office of Research believes through the improvement of the already existing web site, a more effective communication will be obtained. Upon the completion of the web site, the potential users will be better informed about the Office of Research, it's planned, on going, and completed research projects, products and services. The Office of Research web site will also provide an opportunity to improve the solicitation of new research project ideas, and increase the number of researchers who bid on projects. Overall, the Office of Research web site will strengthen the communication between the other DOT offices, consultants, contractors, the public, and outside state and federal agencies.



Findings: The refined Office of Research Web Site designed and built during this project will promote improved communication with other SDDOT offices, consultants, contractors, the public, and outside state and federal agencies. It was further determined that distribution of a potential user questionaire and usability study enhanced the effectiveness of the web which was designed.

Research Objectives:
1  To design a functional web site for the Office of Research.
2  To build a functional web site for the Office of Research.
3  To document web site design and maintenance procedures.

Research Tasks:
1  Perform a literature search.
2  Meet with the technical panel to discuss work plan.
3  Interview potential users of the Office of Research web site in and outside of DOT to determine web site content.
4  Create the web site layout.
5  Design the theme for web site.
6  Meet with the technical panel and present site layout and theme.
7  Design the web page templates.
8  Insert test information into web site.
9  Present web site to panel.
10  Perform useability study.
11  Meet with the technical panel to discuss results of useability study and receive direction regarding possible additions or changes to web site layout.
12  Prepare a final report and executive summary of the research methodology, literature review and interview results, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Final report is to include web site design and maintenance procedures.
13  Make an executive presentation to the SDDOT Research Review Board at the conclusion of the project.

Documents Available:
SD1999_14_final_report.pdf

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