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Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned e-Science Portal for New England Librarians<http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu/>!  Over the past year, the portal team and Editorial Board has conducted multiple rounds of user studies-online and in person, to assess how users were finding (or not finding) information in their searches, the navigability of the site, and the discoverability of key resources on the portal. A huge thank you to the librarians and library students who participated in the user testing- their responses and feedback have greatly informed this redesign.

Along with a new look,  the e-Science Portal 2.0 features:


*         A "Getting started with e-Science" quick guide

*         Events calendar and Twitter feed on homepage

*         Links to recent e-Science Community blog posts

*         Prominent hyperlinks to e-Science Partner Projects (New England e-Science Symposium, Science Boot Camp, New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), Journal of eScience Librarianship)

*         Reorganized content headings (e.g. About, Connect with Others, Data Management, and Research Environment sections)

*         Links to data tools-posted on a delegated "Data Tools" page as well as in relevant pages such as data curation

*         Editor's  photo, bio, and contact form on portal pages-making it easier for you to contact the Editors directly

For further details about the portal redesign and the people behind it, check out today's e-Science Community blog post "Portal 2.0 is here<http://esciencecommunity.umassmed.edu/2015/08/05/portal-2-0-is-here/>" by Jen Ferguson, co-chair of the e-Science Portal Editorial Board.

Please check out the portal and let us know what you think! There are many ways to make contact with the people behind the portal: on Twitter @nerescience, contact a portal editor, comment on the e-Science Community blog, or just drop me a line!

Sincerely,
Donna Kafel


Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA  01655
(508) 856-1267

the e-Science portal for New England Librarians
http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu