Ten Year look back – Xentity Web Sites

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We turned 10! It was amazing looking back over the Corporate Biography and seeing all the transformations we have been a part of supporting in design, management, or outreach over the years. Using the internet wayback machine, a team member also pulled up some of our old web sites. Here is a fun look back at not only how our site changed with disruptions (wiki, mobile, forums, etc.) but as well as our mission and vision matured:

2014 to current

Simplifying the site’s 100 pages of content and moving to a much lighter content footprint. As well as using HTML5 for a Reponsive Web Design style tablets and smartphones. 

2011 to 2013

Focus: Multiple Audiences – For external audience (clients, communities of interest, industry, suppliers), we emerged in more status quo messaging, services catalog, rates/schedules, and about us not too atypical from other small consulting firms. Where we differed is adopted instead of a content only site, we moved to a collaboration platform. We moved to this wiki model to allow for a standard presence to all our audiences to get more familiar with who we are. This also allowed quick publishing, linking, and some spaces for Xentity Partner Network interaction – such as a our Knowledge Base, Intranet where XPN members can edit, blog, comment, access, and use for project, corporate, or other content sharing and be used on mobile devices. We are still finding ways to obfuscate the wiki clutter for the “browse” audience, but we have found the idea of notifications on content changes for partners, comment threads has really created a stronger, tighter knit environment for keeping up to date and in touch.

2009 to 2011

Client Purchasing Officer focused – Our flash based brochure site that was really focused on our new role as prime contractor. It allowed us to quickly get content out to contracting officers, partners. It wasnt really a site to get familiar with us as a new client, but the design was pretty.

2006 to 2008

Focus: Prime Partners – During this period, This site was used to market to prime contractors to help get familiar with our growing services. We were beginning to get some great traction in transformation success not just in architecture, but growing in management and communications

2003 to 2005

Focus: XPN Members – This site was beta playground for our growing network of XPN members. It was lightly used and more for technology fun getting into add-in modules concepts on creating community environments for our independent consultans in XPN. The fonts you see here are only off 

2001 to 2002

Focus: None! Hard to imagine a company without a web presence to help distinguish awareness of who they are, get familiar with what they can do, and help perspective partners or clients consider buying from you. This was probably the last of a small people services startup era without a web presence.

What does geodata.gov mean to data.gov

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During the First International Open Government Data Conference in November 2010, Xentity Geospatial Services and Architect Lead, Jim Barrett had the opportunity to present alongside colleagues such as the OMB Federal CIO, CTO, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and several other name-dropping figures in this space.

Jim, at the time part of the XPN as independent consultant, presented on our recent conceptual architecture work for data.gov that looked to integrate the previous administrations geodata.gov. Geodata.gov open data registration accounts for over 80% of all data in data.gov, so its by all means a major impact to where data.gov would need to focus.

The conference appears to continue as a bi-annual event with the last one being held in July 2012

The following captures the extended version of his presentation:

Xentity supporting scanning maps

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Xentity won multi-year work to support creating high-quality scanned maps. See the handout on this program.

The USGS Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project (HQSP) is scanning all scales and all editions of approximately 200,000 topographic maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. This scanning will provide a comprehensive digital repository of USGS topographic maps, available to the public at no cost. This project serves the dual purpose of creating a master catalog and digital archive copies of the irreplaceable collection of topographic maps in the USGS Reston Map Library as well as making the maps available for viewing and downloading from the USGS Store and The National Map Viewer.

Staff from Xentity supported the arduous process for scanning and cataloging. The Madison, WI based staff over a couple calendar years were able to complete these very high-resolution scans. The process required an eye for detail and to not be complacent with simply getting the job done. The tasks included:

  • converting printed scientific reports and maps to an electronic format
  • create geo-databases for containing the scientific reports, maps, and satellite imagery
  • scan multiple scales and editions of the more than 75,000 reports published by the USGS since 1879.
  • accurately referencing the Geographic Names Information System and Topographic map metadata and data dictionaries for project completeness
  • Creating, managing, and running the metadata QA/QC process and metadata verification processing.
  • Maintaining end user documentation
  • Creating batch scripts for post-processing of image files.
  • manipulating the resulting scans in multiple GIS formats
  • Maintaining databases and front-end catalog systems

 

Xentity chosen to help re-arch data.gov

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Xentity has been brought on as subcontractor to Phase One Consulting Group to support adding geospatial and help update some of the user discovery and supplier coordination patterns for data.gov

UPDATE 11/2011:

  • Xentity delivered architecture recommendations in early 2011
  • data.gov implemented the first phase of the architecture by retiring and initial migration of geodata.gov to geo.data.gov
  • Future phase recommendations are procurement sensitive, but project results were very exciting to see where data.gov could go.
  • What does geodata.gov mean to data.gov – Xentity Supports presenting Architecture findings at International Data Conference.