Blogs

Website Reviews: Womenshealth.gov

Womenshealth.gov is a website managed by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Covering a range of broad topics, this website seeks to educate people on how the female body works and provide easy-access channels to helpful resources. The website focuses on information and resources including educational tools and support programs regarding the physical and mental health of women and girls.

Website Reviews: Digitalpromise.org

Digital Promise - Accelerating Innovation in Education is an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to focusing private sector digital technology innovation to transform public schools. Given scarce public education resources and seemingly limited opportunities to collaborate, Digital Promise stands poised as a facilitator of action. By using the site as a platform for their accomplishments -- displaying examples of innovation, and showcasing models that other schools and business people can follow -- Digital Promise shows their value to potential donors and collaborators. The question, though, is how well a site that showcases accomplishments actually encourages further participation.

Website Reviews: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) serves those who, according to their website, are “paid in whole or in part by the State of Ohio.” OPERS has three distinct target groups within its body of users. These include members, employers, and retirees. On the main page, these three groups can easily find prominently placed links that suit their needs.

Website Reviews: Social Security Administration

The Social Security site is primarily targeted at those individuals who are retiring soon. The section of the Social Security site that focuses on retirement planning has three sections: Looking for Information, Already Near Retirement Age, and Close to age 65. The Social Security site gave me a basic understanding of how Social Security benefits figure into retirement, but it did not give a lot of information about how to plan for retirement as a person at the beginning of his career.

Website Review: Employees' Retirement System of the State of Hawaii

The Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii is a well-organized and visually appealing website that houses all the pertinent information for state employees. The site breaks down into five major sections: “members,” “retirees,” “employers,” “investments,” and “resources.”

Mobile Website & App Reviews: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

With the ever-increasing amount of passengers, SEPTA initiated the process in designing a mobile website and iPhone application for its nonstop travelers. On each of the mobile platforms, users can view schedules and maps, retrieve alerts and advisories, know the next train arrival and view its location, learn the fare options and pricing, and connect to SEPTA using the Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Website reviews: 511.org

511.org is a site that aggregates multi-modal transit options across the San Francisco Bay Area (ferries, trains, light rail, buses, etc). It is a robust website, and their mobile version of the website is still in beta mode as of spring 2014. It offers a trip planner and real-time departure across modes of travel as well as several automobile driving/parking information feeds.

Website Reviews: MTA.Maryland.gov

The Maryland Transit Authority's website is designed to make it simpler and more efficient for individuals and entities to access public information concerning Maryland’s transit system, and enables users interact with Maryland’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Website Reviews: Federal Student Aid

The Federal Student Aid website informs students about their higher education financial options, solicits FAFSA applications, and disburses financial aid to students.

Website Reviews: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' website provides financial aid information to potential college students, their families, and academic administrators.

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