The Welcome menu is the homepage of the ESPON Database Portal. It aims at giving information to users such as ESPON projects, policy makers or even the general public. The boxes propose a summary of the main content that can be found in the application. Depending on the user profile (policy maker, scientists or general public), the boxes are rearranged to provide the user with the expected most relevant directions to browse the portal.
A "News" box displaying the latest information concerning the project, the latest improvements or some European data related information. By clicking on one of them, as shown in Figure 1.1, the user goes directly to another page where the news is shown in a more developed way.
A Welcome text in the main central frame of the page. This text welcomes the users, and also presents the Database project and what can be found in this application.
A "Search" box, allowing a quick search (in the current version of the application, it redirects the user to the search page)
A "Newsletter" box, for a quick access to the published semestrial newsletters in pdf format.
A "Indicator" box to find indicators related to the policy (in the current version of the application, the user is redirected to the search page.