WEBSITE AND APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

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WEBSITE AND APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

We are a D.C. Metro–based consulting firm focused on creating beautiful, highly usable, 508–accessibility tested websites and products. We offer custom graphic design, branding, Web design, development, and user interface/experience design services for companies in the public and private sectors.

  • Web Design & Development
    We provide full-scale Web services, from user interface design and information architecture to graphic design, branding, iconography and visual design, development, and database engineering.
  • Application Development
    We have extensive application development experience creating, deploying, and maintaining customized applications to enhance your business solutions. We incorporate the latest industry practices and deliver high-quality business applications.
  • 508 Accessibility Testing
    We have extensive experience developing 508–compliant websites, applications, and products. We will examine 508 issues that might affect your project, and provide solutions to remedy any 508–related deficiencies.
Website Development

DSG offers top-flight website design and all related maintenance services. We produce and provide:

  • Websites as marketing and information tools
  • Compliance with 508 requirements
  • Educational and training materials designed for website dissemination
  • Graphics and principles of graphic design into website presentations
  • Programming that incorporates state-of-the-art computer languages and techniques, including the dynamic use of data
  • Registration of websites as appropriate with all available search engines
  • Regular maintenance and updating of materials to increase “hits”
  • Online registration for conferences
  • ListServs, directory hierarchies, TCP/IP communications to the Internet

We develop Web pages, searchable databases, media-based training packages (including Webinars), and design structures that enable users to engage in online discussions about programs and issues.

DSG’s Web pages introduce users to agencies, programs, and projects. They present project activities graphically and comprehensibly—and give users a print option. Sites we have created for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services include:

  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide (MPG) (http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg)
  • OJJDP’s SMART System, a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based issues management system, (http://www.smartgis.info)
  • For the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), DSG developed two new Web-based applications: a workflow application to facilitate the internal review process for NREPP programs, and a public-facing database-driven website, http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/01_landing.aspx, which allows the public to read hundreds of reviews of interventions that have been submitted to NREPP over the years.
  • For the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA, DSG developed http://GetFit.samhsa.gov, a health promotion website that focuses on alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, and physical health.
  • For the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA, DSG developed the Drug-Free Workplace Kit (www.workplace.samhsa.gov) to provide public and private workplaces, from small to large and from local to global, with credible, authoritative, evidence-based information, resources, and tools for producing and maintaining drug-free workplace policies and programs.

We provide a system for interactive online communication, links to other programs or resources, and a password-protection gateway communication system for approved users that organizes the flow of electronic discussions.

Through its partnerships, DSG also offers substantial expertise in enterprise content management and digital archiving.

Custom Design

We will customize your homepage for 1) general users interested in a program’s purpose, objectives, and results or 2) a select audience (workshop participants, grantees, agency staff, and approved others) who can use a password to access the homepage, newsgroups, and forums. DSG uses existing software to convert word-processing files into HTML. Our software programs allow for the rapid development of a homepage and all textual and graphical updates to the homepage without the need to rekey existing information.

Our customized applications use a tabbed folder metaphor to graphically present the information on each project, individual, or other item. Each page presents information with selected data elements, reports, graphics. Photographs and other visual information can also be incorporated into the bibliographic database and displayed with this program. Similarly, each set of documents has unique information pages containing pertinent information. Information can be added to the database through a host of methods: locally, over the network, on disk or tape, or through scanning and translating documents. The information can be exported and used in myriad ways, using common word-processing formats such as MS Word or simple PDF files.

User Surveys

Approved users can set up a password electronically and receive guidelines through their home institution’s e-mail system. DSG can monitor usage and generate reports that detail who uses the system and what information is being accessed by each user. This system allows for private communication, posting of information, group interaction, and survey and data collection capabilities.

Security

Our clients need a secure method of transmitting information. DSG develops encryption mechanisms to prevent unwarranted intrusion and protect confidential conversations, documents, and data. Our systems use 128-bit encryption keys based on the computer industry–standard developed by the National Security Agency.

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