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Defragment NASA's online presence

At the moment, there are over 60 public subdomains associated with nasa.gov (see list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Official_NASA_Websites). Are they all necessary? How would a new user know where to start? How do these pages link to each other and share information? Do subdomains of different classes and categories sort together? Note that most of these subdomains do not have the same branding, page navigation or design scheme.

Submitted by 2 years ago

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  1. There are generally multiple pages that say the same thing (or different things) for a particular topic. See http://nasawatch.com/archives/2012/09/why-have-one-co.html for some examples.

    2 years ago
  2. I don't think the quantity of sub-domains is too important, as long as they are easy to find through the main site. As a public visitor of the site, I don't care which sub-domain is loaded when I click on a link. As long as I can find the information I am looking for, I don't care how the URLs are organized.

    2 years ago
  3. I just went through all those URLs and if you look they are already properly mapped through the website. You can find them all through navagation, it just makes it easier for people trying to find certain programs.

    Like the the Educator Resources can be found at either http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/core/home/index.html



    Now if you follow the links you could get to the core website if you were searching for it on the website, but if you were emailing teachers or wanting to give teachers an easy to remember address they can just type in core.nasa.gov

    2 years ago
    1. Redirection is fine but if you follow the nasawatch link I provided you'll see that there are 3 different official commercial crew pages that all have different information. This is true for other programs, as well.

      2 years ago
  4. Often I'll look in on such as the JPL/ Cassini page through the NASA page links. I have no problems navigating around the various links, and am glad that they are there.

    2 years ago
  5. I completely agree. I like a bunch of NASA pages on facebook and it fills up my entire news feed when they all repost the same thing and that can be annoying.

    2 years ago
  6. I think there is no need for any defragment. Its good and anyone can navigate anywhere from NASA main page. Till now, I have never faced any difficulties navigating. I am a NASA site visitor from over 3 years. No need for defragmentation. It is extremely easy to navigate, even for any newcomer.

    2 years ago

    2 years ago
  8. Since Nasa is considering a change in design, I believe it is good to update and streamline many of the links. I have read some of the other comments. Because I'm familiar with the site, I know what I'm looking for and go through the maze...but I think everything should better organized, accessible and more friendly to find, and please try to not be redundant.

    2 years ago

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