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Design meets Data (Linked, Open, Heterogeneous)

Presentation by Duane Degler from Design for Context, at the 2014 Museums and the Web Conference in Baltimore, MD, on 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?

Emerging design approaches help you find ways to make the most of your opportunities for new types of interactions and engagement with Information Objects. They focus on:

- Exploration, serendipity, use: Rich, relevant design requires an intimate understanding of information and the way people interact with it. It's more than attractive styling - although that's important. It's about people engaging in ways that stimulate the intellect and the experience. People need to find information, use it, relate other information to it, and share it for decades to come.

- Scalability, persistence, authority: Rich, relevant design also takes the long view. Understanding that the integrity of the information matters. This is increasingly important as we move toward more linked, open, and born digital cultural information.

Your institution becomes a gateway to an ecosystem of artistic imagery, scholarly insights, history, perspectives, and related objects. Other people will use your information to create new interpretations and works, which then build on what you hold. Curating information may be perceived as a burden (to be made easier!), yet it is a significant opportunity to reinforce the value and authority of institutions that enhance the information ecosystem.

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

In this talk at IxDA's Interaction15 Conference, Lisa Battle and Jade Davis will present 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.

Recent Event
Presentations at User Focus Conference
October 17, 2014

At UXPA-DC's annual User Focus conference, practitioners from Design for Context gave several presentations on topics such as keeping the long-term vision alive on long-running UX projects; moving a cultural "systematic catalog" online; how UX practitioners can empower their clients to build upon their work; and techniques for effective collaboration between UX designers and visual designers. Presentations are posted on our Publications page.

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.

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