National Science Foundation – Digital Government Research Community

dgo_logosmCHALLENGE: Develop a communications program for a fledgling NSF grant program. Tie together IT researchers from across the country. Keep them informed, help them network, and let them share their published research.

APPROACH: Design and develop a site for networking colleagues and research communities, publishing news, viewing system demos and downloading research papers. Develop a monthly email newsletter for the community. Partner with related research programs. Organize an annual conference and cross-publish proceedings in print/CD-ROM/online format, augmented with video and online demos.

RESULT: Steady 10% annual growth in conference participation during years the program was NSF-funded, resulting in spinoff of a fully self-sustaining research community that exists to this day.

Redesigned and rebuilt the outmoded ColdFusion-based site


Established a complete database of research papers and researchers


Established monthly newsletter for the entire discipline


Developed complete branding, graphic design and interactive CD-ROM for the annual conference.