Design Concepts and Lessons from Linked Data for Digital Humanities
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  Duane Degler   Duane Degler
Design for Context
  Neal Johnson   Neal Johnson
Director of Semantic Initiatives
Oculus Digital


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

Level:  All - General Audience

The LOD-LAM (Libraries, Archives and Museums) community is at a critical point for major adoption of semantic technologies. They have significant structured data repositories, active curation of information, an increasingly digital focus, and a strong public commitment to sharing what they know. There is a growing "Cultural Ecosystem" with foundations in linked data.

Designing applications for LOD-LAM provides insights and examples we can learn from. Much of that work can be applied to other domains to extend linked data tools and capabilities. This talk describes how we approach our projects and shows useful application design techniques.

Rich, relevant design requires an intimate understanding of information and the way people interact with it. Incorporating LOD-LAM means taking the long view - understanding that the integrity and persistence of the information matters. This is increasingly important as we move toward more born-digital cultural information and shared curation.

Participants will learn:

  • A framework for thinking about flexible data and applications within an organization, as well as how to manage the implications of information shared among multiple organizations.
  • Application design considerations that leverage the potential of heterogeneous linked data and work to blend that data into a successful user experience.
  • Challenges that organizations face in adoption, planning, and designing for multiple platforms and different use cases.

Duane Degler is a partner in Design for Context, a Washington DC/Baltimore-based usable design consultancy. He specializes in the design of sophisticated interactive applications and search experiences, with an eye to making rich data resources usable and relevant. He has led web and software projects for commercial and government clients in the US and Europe. Duane has presented on web/mobile design, usability, and semantic web user interaction. Since 2003, he has focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when designing specifically for semantically-enabled applications.

As a consultant to cultural institutions during the early years of the web, Neal crafted information-rich education media strategies for museums around the US. As a Museum Program Designer, Technology Strategist, Information Architect, and User Experience professional, he has spent the last 10 years with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., developing both public and business-facing applications that promote systems and data interoperability standards and flexible, scalable, and sustainable user interfaces.

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