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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
Simplicity in Web Application Design
June 23, 2015

Simplicity is one of the most important principles of design. But, realistically, simplicity isn’t always simple. In their UXPA 2015 presentation, Lisa Battle and Laura Chessman discussed what to try when removing functionality or features isn’t an option. We'll provide practical questions to ask when deciding whether and how to simplify an application, and summarize proven design techniques to use when simplifying applications.

Recent Presentation
Designing the Next Generation of Search User Experience
June 24, 2015

Design is coming to the forefront of effective search applications, to help make sense of mobile search, data search, semantic search, enterprise search, federated search, and embedded search within websites and applications. So what do we need to know about designing for search? In this UXPA 2015 session, Duane Degler and Lisa Battle explore the essentials for a new generation of search design.

Recent Presentation
Delicious Design: UXers and Visual Designers Collaborating Together
May 15, 2015

At UXPA Boston's 2015 Conference, Rachel Sengers and Jennifer Chaffee will provide practical ideas and recommendations for ensuring a smooth and effective collaboration between people in UX design and visual design roles.

Recent Presentation
Structure and Metadata: Shortening The On-Ramp To Linked Data
April 25, 2015

In their IA Summit session, Dalia Levine and Duane Degler will discuss the critical role that Information Architects play in codifying information's purpose and context, and share their approach to understanding dynamic, multi-dimensional information models and the practical tools that help us create them.

Recent 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.

Recent 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 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 offered 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.

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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