WDFN: Users spoke and we're listening
A summary of the feedback shared by users on the beta real-time data pages in the spring of 2019
We asked for your feedback and you delivered! Thanks to all of you who visited the new pages and shared your thoughts with us.
Feedback and Usage by the Numbers
Since the February launch, hundreds of users have submitted feedback on the new real-time site pages.
Many people love the new pages, especially recreational and general public users. The majority of people who shared thoughts want additional features. Top feature requests (ranked by popularity) since February include:
- Custom date range display (23%)
- Better time-series plot, including improved axis scaling and display of groundwater data (17%)
- Better map, including upstream / downstream navigation to discover nearby sites (13%)
- Multiple parameters / sites on one plot (11%)
- Easy data downloads (6%)
Just who submitted feedback? We know that about ⅓ of comments came from USGS users of Water Data for the Nation, and the remaining ⅔ came from non-USGS domains. Some users shared information about who they were and how they used the site, including:
- Hydrologist, Hydrographer, or Hydrologic Technician
- Water Manager
- Resident of flood-prone area
- Whitewater rafting company proprietor
- Self-described “average citizen” who monitors local river conditions
We’ve logged your suggestions, and we’re already working on the issues and requests that were mentioned most frequently. In addition, we will continue to increase the accessibility of the pages for all users, and will work to bring footage from USGS time lapse stream cameras into the pages.
We’re still collecting feedback, and we’ll continue to make improvements, so if we’re not working on your suggestion yet, it doesn’t mean we won’t. You can track our development priorities on our project board and follow our progress on the Water Data for the Nation blog.
As we continue to build out these pages in the coming months and years, please keep the feedback coming!
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Release Notes for November 13, 2019
November 13, 2019
What have we been up to? This sprint, we have been working on a number of features that are the groundwork for future tools. Most notably, we are developing a working monitoring location services system based on the new Open Geospatial Consortium OGC API-Features standard.
Release Notes for October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019
What have we been up to? This sprint, the team has been working primarily on features that are tied to the cloud version of the USGS Publications Warehouse.
Release Notes for September 25, 2019
September 25, 2019
What have we been up to? This is the first of a series of posts in which newly released features in the Water Data for the Nation family of applications are described.
Approach to Feedback
February 11, 2019
Approach to Feedback for Water Data for the Nation Next-generation Water Data for the Nation is characterized by always being production-ready—new software is ready to be released at any time.
Introducing The Next Generation of USGS Water Data for the Nation
February 11, 2019
New real-time data pages released The USGS is pleased to announce the redesigned real-time data pages on waterdata.usgs.gov, our flagship Water Data for the Nation website.