You may have noticed – Energy.gov looks more than a little different today. We’ve spruced up our design to better showcase the information and services the Energy Department (DOE) provides online. We’ve made it easier to find the resources you’re looking for and engage with us.
But that’s not the only thing we’re rolling out today. We’re also announcing a few new online features to better serve you:
As Secretary Chu announced in a special video message to his Facebook friends today, we’re starting a new live-chat series, called Energy Matters, to better connect you with our Energy experts. Secretary Chu will host the first chat later this month. Is there a particular topic you’d like us to cover in the weeks and months ahead? Visit Secretary Chu’s Facebook page and leave a comment to let us know.
Profiles is our way of adding a human touch to the work that we do. Profiles, formerly known as EnergyEmpowers.gov, is a new feature on the Energy Blog that uses personal stories, testimonials, pictures and video to illustrate how our energy programs impact the daily lives of people and businesses in communities across the country.
In any effort to improve a website, you typically spend a lot of time reviewing past content and this tends to be a laborious process. However, we realized we’ve been having a blast sifting through the DOE archive, particularly watching our older videos. So, we thought, why not share our fun with folks on the Energy Blog? And thus, Vintage DOE was born. Vintage DOE is a new series on the Energy Blog that not only highlights an interesting item in DOE’s archive, but gives us an opportunity to discuss the Energy Department’s mission and current work on the same topic.
A few months ago, we launched the Energy Blog and an Energy Department presence on Facebook and Twitter. Today’s roll out is another significant step forward in our effort to become a more transparent, participatory and accessible Department. However, we know we have a lot more work to do.
Our vision is to turn Energy.gov into a cutting-edge, 21st century, interactive information platform that delivers resources and services to you whenever and wherever you want it while also empowering Energy Department staff with simple tools and guidance to engage with you and also each other. We know we can’t achieve this vision without overhauling the technological backbone of Energy.gov, which is why we’ve already begun the work of moving Energy.gov to Drupal, an open source content management system, in the months ahead.
So, today take a moment to enjoy our new look and new features, but stick around. There’s a lot more to come.