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Osage Nation website getting a new look

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Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

The Osage Nation Information Technology Department has created an online survey to gather feedback on the current ON website.

The survey was created to gauge Osages interest as the department revamps the website.

In January, ONIT conducted an employee-only survey and now they want to hear from the public.

“We want to gather as much info as we can,” said Mark Kirk, director of the Osage Nation Information Technology Department. “We want to give everyone a chance to give us feedback on what they do and don’t like about the current website.”

The survey is anonymous but individuals are more than welcome to leave their name if they choose.

The survey asks a few questions such as, “What’s your favorite thing our current website offers?” and asks you to rate different features.

The current website was built in 2005, making it eight years old.

Kirk said revamping the website has been one of his pet projects since he became ONIT director last year.

“The website itself is fairly antiquated and is a little behind in time, technology wise,” Kirk said. “It was obvious to me that it was something we needed to fix.”

Paul Tutty, Osage Nation web engineer, will be designing the website which will take roughly three to four months to complete.

“I will begin working on the website in about two weeks,” he said. “However, we are making the website modular which means I can plug things in after the fact like the feedback from the public.”

The new website will have more content and media components, upgraded features, updated HTML codes, better site maps as well as be smartphone and tablet compatible, Tutty said. 

“Also, a lot of the website’s traffic is of individuals researching the tribe so the website will have more information about the Osage Nation on the front page,” he added.

The newest feature will enable constituents to register, log in and create a profile on the website.

Kirk said ONIT plans to make sure there are no glitches or problems before the new website goes live.

“We are really excited about getting this going,” Kirk said. “It will be a really nice tool once we get it done.”

To take the survey, go to survey.osagetribe.org.  The survey will be open until June 1. 


Original Publish Date: 2013-04-02 00:00:00

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