This month you’ll have the opportunity to visit our new AAPG website – a radically new experience designed to improve your connection to AAPG.
To help you prepare for this we’d like to introduce all of you to some of the features of our new site, which literally has been years in the making.
So much to share and so little space – but here’s a glimpse of what you will experience when the AAPG website launches.
Please note these screenshots are from our development server, so there could be some minor variations in the final experience. The primary features, however, will be the same.
Improved Event Listing: The “master” events table lets you look through all events in chronological order – or sorted by location or type of event. You may select the type of content you desire to view, too, such as “Training” on “Oil Shale” to hone a list to your needs. Identifying icons allow you to see quickly the status of each meeting: call for papers, registration open, exhibits or sponsorships available.
Convenient site map is located from the mini-nav. When clicked it expands the footer to reveal a site map.
Enhanced site search (not shown here) will be found just under the navigation bar and on the right. This tool auto-suggests as you type your search criteria. (Ranking your results will provide feedback and shape the information for other visitors to the site.)
Best of all, the search tool not only will search AAPG’s information domain, it also will search the scientific sites as well – including AAPG Datapages’ Search and Discovery, several external meeting microsites and the Divisions, AAPG Foundation and all Section and Region pages.
The final result is a much more comprehensive result to your search criteria.
Geographic Map: Look for meetings, events and even content in news articles or published papers by their location. Layers toggle on and off to display the content – and you may choose from six backgrounds for display.
Profile set up empowers you to customize the information you want shared about yourself. You’ll also be able to retrieve important information for your own personal use, as the records maintained in the Association’s database are now displaying just about every piece of information we have about you: activity records as to your participation (committee service, events attended and even purchases made); your contact information; and a personal bio about yourself where you can tell your associates information about you that matters.
The expanded profile is vital to the AAPG N.E.T., where members may network, engage and talk.
(The N.E.T. refers to most of the AAPG website as members make comments and offer reviews or participate in discussion groups either about scientific or technological information.)
The more AAPG members participate, the stronger the N.E.T. will become.
Everyone will be encouraged to register to use the site – registration opens up content and/or the ability to participate in information provided. As people use the site, it will grow in its value to the industry and to the members of the AAPG.