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Colleagues:

What are the best science web sites? I'd like your opinion. Here's why . . .

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has asked me to be a
nominating judge for the "Webby Awards" (see www.iadas.net) My charge is to
nominate web sites in the science category. (They define science web sites
as "sites that distribute information related to scientific exploration.
These include science exhibits, science museums, scientific organizations,
laboratories, and academic institutions.") The organizers encourage judges
to get input from colleagues, so I'm asking for your help. What science
(and HCI) web sites do you think are top notch?

The evaluation criteria include (1) content, (2) structure and navigation,
(3) visual design, (4) functionality, and (5) overall experience. Also,
IADAS wants judges to focus on web sites accessible to and useful for
general folks, not just subject domain experts. I'm not sure I like that
directive--especially for science web sites--but that's what they've told me.

Of course, I can't nominate anything I've worked on, but I can nominate web
sites in HCI and related areas I care about. And I think there's lots of
room for interpreting "science" broadly. (Just so you know, the other
science judges are a program director for the NSF, a technology writer, and
a web designer for NASA).

Please send me your suggestions and perhaps a sentence or two of what you
find notable. IADAS hasn't given me much time, so I need your input by
October 27th. Thanks for your help.

--BJ Fogg

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BJ Fogg, Ph.D.                         Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab
Box 8338                                       CSLI / Stanford University
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