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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

Recent Presentation
Design Concepts and Lessons from Linked Data for Digital Humanities
August 20, 2014

Projects in LOD-LAM (Libraries, Archives and Museums) give us a perspective on creating rich, relevant, usable applications for heterogeneous linked data. During their talk at the 2014 Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Jose, CA, Duane Degler and Neal Johnson showed examples and described our design approach.

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.

Recent Presentation
Now What? Creating Innovative LODLAM Sites and Apps
August 19, 2014

Many cultural institutions, large and small, are exploring Linked Open Data (LOD) as a means of connecting distributed data across the Web and across internal repositories. Duane Degler and Neal Johnson explored the questions, practicalities, and implications related to designing sites and applications for linked open data in this presentation at the LODLAM Training Day at SemTechBiz 2014.

Recent Presentation
Red Alert! Communicating Status Through Great UX, Graphics and Accessibility
July 24, 2014

Effective visual design is essential for communicating system and workflow status, alerts, notifications, categories, and prioritization that often must be understood at a glance. Some people believe they can’t use graphics or color for important cues because of accessibility, which isn't true. At UXPA's 2014 conference, we explored how to create great, visually appealing UX designs that optimize communication of status information for all users.

Recent Presentation
Design meets Data (Linked, Open, Heterogeneous)
April 5, 2014

The tide of available information continues to rise. The opportunities that come from open access, linked data, sharing resources with other institutions, and standards-based data are enticing - and perhaps overwhelming? In this talk at Museums and the Web's 2014 conference in Baltimore, Design for Context's Duane Degler discussed the role of design to help find ways to make the most of opportunities for new types of interactions and engagement with Information Objects.

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