We are pleased to introduce you to the new look Scotland’s environment website.
The new website has been designed and developed following discussion and feedback with you, our users, to find out what you want and need from this online resource. It’s still a work in progress but in this first phase release you’ll find new designs, functionality and content. By introducing new developments on a beta, or test, version of the website we can make sure we are on the right track.
Not all of the current website content and data has been added to the beta website but development will continue over the summer months, in time for a full release in early autumn this year. The current website continues to run during the beta test phase.
Our aim is to create a one-stop-shop search and discovery hub to get you to the environmental data you need, when you need it. You can be confident that the data you find and view on Scotland’s environment web is trusted, authoritative, and the most up-to-date data that is available. We want to provide you with a quick and easy way of finding, viewing and interacting with data from multiple sources. Find out more about our aims on the website.
So what’s new about the beta Scotland’s environment website?
New homepage design and layout
- Quick links to key applications and pages.
- Links to other Scotland’s environment websites.
- Sign-up for Scotland’s environment updates and news.
- Quick view of our latest social media posts – don’t forget to follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram #scotenvironment.
- See who our partners are.
Easier to find what you’re looking for
- New navigation based on how users look for information. Feedback from usability tests carried out last year helped us to design and structure the website.
- Navigation at the top of every page with links to suggested pages, both on Scotland’s environment website and other external websites.
Search for data you need and discover new data
- The new Map tool allows you to search for data of interest by keyword, environmental topic and organisations that publish data. There is limited data in the map at the moment but this will grow over the summer.
- To be released soon – a demonstration prototype of a new data discovery catalogue where you can search for, and find out much more information about, the data on Scotland’s environment website, with quick links to how you can view the data and the data services available.
Better connections to other websites with related information, and quick links to help you get more detail
- An extended network of interconnected websites that are ‘part of Scotland’s environment’. You can find more information about other useful data sources that we recommend on the website.
- A list of other useful spatial data map tools published by our partners.
- Trusted and authoritative data is also available on: Scotland’s Soils; Scotland’s Noise; Scotland’s Aquaculture; NBN Atlas Scotland (biodiversity data).
Find out more about current environmental issues facing Scotland
- The new Our Environment section summarises key messages of interest and provides links to more information and useful contacts.
- Completely new topics have been added including Landscape-scale Conservation and Habitat Map of Scotland.
- The range of topics currently available is limited but we’ll be adding more over the summer.
- Some topics include new interactive data widgets with headline statistics, with links to the more detailed data applications for further detailed analysis. You can export the images of maps, graphs and charts from these applications for reports and presentations.
- Regular blogs highlight what you can find on Scotland’s environment website and include guest features from our partners on topics of interest.
You can also find a lot of the same information that is on the current website
- Land Information Search tools for Agri-Environment & Forestry, and COMAH environmental risk assessment.
- Get Involved in citizen science and action.
- Get learning with Education Resources.
- Discover data applications are now found under Data analysis applications.
- 2014 State of Scotland’s Environment report.
- RSS news feeds from our partners.
For updates on how the website is progressing over the summer, you can sign up to the Scotland’s environment website updates.
We’re always interested to hear what you think so please take a look at the new look Scotland’s environment website and get in touch with your feedback and ideas.