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Duane Degler, Principal

Duane has designed numerous web and semantic web-based applications and sites, backed by 25 years consulting experience in knowledge management and business performance. He is a business strategist who has led interactive application design and content management projects for commercial and government clients in the US and internationally.

His focus areas include designing large-scale search facilities and interactive applications for clients such as the National Archives electronic records program, the Social Security Administration’s policy content management group, and Verisign, among others. He is particularly fond of complex problems that defy “traditional” solutions! Past clients include Philips Electronics, Shell, United Distillers, Reuters, Schlumberger, UNUM Insurance, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as well as small technology ventures.

Along with his client consulting work, Duane speaks regularly at professional conferences, curates the Design for Semantic Web resource site, is the strategy and technology advisor to the UXPA Usability Body of Knowledge project, and has co-organized the Semantic Web User Interaction (SWUI) workshop series for the W3C’s Semantic Web Interest Group. He holds a B.Sc. in Media Communications and an M.Sc. in Organizational Communications, with a focus on the human change impacts arising from technology adoption.

Presentations and Publications

Upcoming Workshop
Dynamic IA: Flexible Design for Linked [Open] Data and Emerging Technologies
April 23, 2015

Information Architecture now practices in a dynamic data world, and semantic data formats (“Linked Data”) are now baked into many of the technologies that drive web, mobile, and content applications. Duane Degler’s IA Summit workshop will focus on envisioning applications and uses for linked data in the future, and what it means for IAs to achieve this.

Upcoming Workshop
How and when to use LOD? Starting your institution’s conversations about Linked (Open) Data
April 8, 2015

Linked Data can address both internal and external needs for cultural heritage information. In this workshop at MW2015, Duane Degler and Neal Johnson offer a clear overview of what linked data is, why you create it, how your program and system designs benefit from it, and most importantly how it will support your mission.

Upcoming Presentation
Open Access, Open Source, Open Data? Open Discussion!
April 10, 2015

“Open culture” initiatives are proliferating, aiming to foster communities of support and use around Open Access, Open Data, and Open Source collections of cultural heritage information. In this MW2015 professional forum, we will lead a lively discussion about the collective problem space, inherent constraints, practical solutions, and the need to continue an open, collective, and regular dialog on the subject.

Recent Presentation
Techniques for Communication Throughout the Project Lifecycle
February 9, 2015

In this talk at IxDA's Interaction15 Conference, Lisa Battle and Duane Degler presented strategies and techniques to help teams stay focused on long-term goals, while facing challenges that arise through design and implementation.

Book Publication
Reframing Information Architecture

The world of information architecture has changed, and a reframing is moving the conversation forward. Duane Degler contributes a chapter to the recently released book that explores this work: Reframing Information Architecture.

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