Have you noticed a new look to two of DAU's most popular tools? The first two of several high-profile DAU tools have been updated: ACQuipedia and the DAU Glossary. These two tools have undergone a from-the-ground-up re-engineering effort over the past year.
For those of you not familiar with these resources, ACQuipedia serves as an online encyclopedia of common defense acquisition topics, where each topic is identified as an article. Each article contains a definition, a brief narrative that provides context, and typically includes links to the most pertinent policy, guidance, tools, practices, and training supporting a given topic. The DAU Glossary is an online repository of terms and definitions, many of which reflect the issuance of the DoDI 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, dated 7 January 2015, and updates to various JCIDS instructions and the JCIDS Manual. It also contains the most current terminology relating to the DoD acquisition of services and reflects the issuance of DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services, dated 6 January 2016.
One of the first things you’ll notice about both the new ACQuipedia and Glossary tools are the streamlined interfaces. Landing page graphics and embedded article rotators have been superseded by a minimal design that puts the focus squarely on navigation and getting you into articles or terms, respectively, with as few clicks as possible.
You’ll also notice that the user interfaces and branding of these new tools have been updated and standardized to fit in with the current DAU.mil site branding and color palette. Also, like its host site, each of these new tools is also responsively designed, meaning that they scale to and render well on both desktop computers as well as on mobile and handheld devices.
DAU worked with a variety of current system and tool stakeholders and customers to record what features are, and are not, desired in the current systems. We hope that the newly updated tools continue to offer the utility and point-of-need access to real-time information that the acquisition workforce has come to expect from these tools.
We welcome your comments and feedback on these new tools and any suggestions on what you think could make them even better.