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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 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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