Can you diG it?
Gleaner launches new resource website
EVERYONE LIKES a short cut, or simply a more convenient way of finding the information they need. The Gleaner's new website www.digjamaica.com seeks to do just that.
The website is the first of its kind, a comprehensive digital resource of relevant facts and figures about Jamaica, inspired by the immensely popular, but out-of-print publication, Handbook of Jamaica.
According to The Gleaner's Managing Director Christopher Barnes, "We have crafted this new resource website to fill the void left by the handbook as a gift to Jamaicans everywhere in celebration of our 50 years of Independence. We are today proud to share with you another exciting product of The Gleaner's digital strategy."
One can use the dashboards on the home page for a quick look at the basic economic and social indicators of Jamaica, navigate through the site using the search bar at the top, or browse the colourful pages one heading at a time.
diGJamaica.com users will also experience information through moving charts, slide shows and timelines that not only encompass new data, but information which may have been pushed to the back of your mind.
"Technology provided us with a wonderful opportunity to increase the public's access to information. Sometimes people just aren't sure where to look, or the information isn't available online - we are trying to ease those challenges for the public," said Deika Morrison of MDK Advisory and Consulting Limited, who led the implementation of the project.
"diGJamaica.com is also the information behind the news, to encourage greater interest in current affairs," Morrison said.
Flip through slide shows of the Jamaican delegation to the 2012 London Olympics or get a feel for the up and downs of Jamaica's net international reserves with a motion chart that tracks its progression from 1992 to 2010.
Find upcoming Jamaica50 events in the calendar or make use of the practical resources in the 'How to' and 'Find A' sections that catalogue step-by-step instructions on applying for visas and licences, as well as providing contact numbers for lawyers, architects and other service providers.
"diGJamaica.com was built so that persons could connect and interact with the information that affects them, so we ask users to send us their suggestions on what they would like to see on the website," said Stephanie Todd, web content specialist for diGJamaica.
Grab your computer and mouse, tablet or mobile phone and start 'diGging' courtesy of The Gleaner!