The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) today launched a revamped, easier-to-use version of the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF). Initially released in January 2011, the KDF provides researchers, industry, policy makers, and the public with access to a variety of data sets, publications, and collaboration and mapping tools that support bioenergy research, analysis, and decision making. In the KDF, users can search the Bioenergy Library to find the latest bioenergy research; use the map interface to visualize, analyze, download, and export geospatial data; and browse the site’s collection of specialized tools and applications, which can also be launched on the map. Visitors of the KDF are encouraged to become registered users to acquire access to additional benefits, including the ability to contribute data sets and other resources, customize information online, and interact with others.
Enhancements to the KDF
The redesigned KDF offers a new look, simplified navigation, better organization of content, improved usability, and enhanced interactivity that will allow visitors to find the information and resources they’re looking for more quickly and easily. BETO intends for the new design to better meet the needs of users by making the KDF more functional, intuitive, and appealing. Some specific site enhancements include the following:
Clean look with easy-to-navigate layout
Advanced search and filter options
Quick links to social networking sites
Improved map interface.
Benefits of the KDF
The KDF supports the development of a sustainable bioenergy industry by providing unique value for a variety of stakeholders:
Researchers from national laboratories, academia, and private industry can perform explanatory analyses, upload data sets, interact with others, and publicize research results.
Private Industry can access the latest research data and analyses to help identify business opportunities and inform business strategies.
Policy Makers can access the latest research data and models to inform policy decisions at the federal, state, and local levels.
The Public can discover how their communities and states can benefit from renewable energy sources.
The KDF also supports the Obama Administration’s commitment to making information generated and stored by the federal government more open and accessible to entrepreneurs, researchers, and others who can use the information to generate new products and services, build businesses, and create jobs. President Obama signed an open data Executive Order into law on May 9, 2013, in coordination with an Open Data PolicyPDF released by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
BETO will present a live webinar titled “Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research” on Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the redesigned site, a demonstration of its user interface, and case studies of how it may be used.
Source: EERE Biofuels
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