August 17, 2010
St. Paul, MN (August 17, 2010)—The new online home for plant pathologists is officially live! The American Phytopathological Society’s (APS) website, www.apsnet.org, has been completely re-imagined and rebuilt, and will now include a daily news feed, an online bookstore, a webcast section, thousands of searchable abstracts, historical archives, and more!
APSnet now has a fresh look, utilizing the most current cutting-edge technology, and the new APSnet is easier to navigate with an advanced search function that will quickly and easily provide plant health scientists with thorough results. The innovative, database-driven site will connect and complement content like never before and position APS for enhanced capabilities in future initiatives.
“The new APSnet took nearly two years to build and includes more than 100,000 pages and over 20,000 images. While offering the same key features as the previous version, the new APSnet is easier to navigate. In addition, the site now has hundreds of pages of new content and enhanced features that meet all of the key success factors we established for this project,” notes Darin Eastburn, director of the APS Office of Electronic Communications (OEC).
“As APS aimed to address the society’s, members’, and key stakeholders’ needs—now and in the future—it became clear that a new technological position needed to be implemented,” said Eastburn. “In addition to a full site redesign, the transition also includes a major upgrade of the member database for additional e-commerce capabilities. It is very exciting to see such a complex project come to fruition,” Eastburn added.
The website was officially unveiled to members for the first time at the 2010 APS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, and the new site went live August 16, 2010, marking one of the most significant technological undertakings initiated by APS.
Now that the main infrastructure is in place, watch for additional features in the coming year, such as collaboration tools, opportunities for threaded discussion areas, and the ability to upload, share, and retrieve content, fostering collaboration and communication among plant pathologists worldwide and the public.
Take time today to visit the new APSnet—the web address is staying the same—and see what’s new, what’s improved, and why APSnet is the smartest site around.
APS is a nonprofit, professional scientific organization. The research of the organization’s 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.