Information Architecture and Web Design
Websites, Intranets and Virtual Communities
I am a freelance consultant, specializing in Web-based Education and Outreach Programs, Website Design Strategy and Information Architecture for not-for-profit, education and small business organizations. My primary goal is to ensure effective information architecture for optimal site findability and user accessibility.
In addition, I provide quality website strategy, business analysis, social media integration, user surveys, graphic design, and HTML/PHP/AJAX coding.
I am active in the information architecture community through the Information Architecture Institute, where I serve as Operations Manager, and have access to IA tools, research and a worldwide network of IA professionals.
My summer involved a full set of research courses over the summer, including Museums & Library Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Researching Local Histories and the Summer Map Institute at NYPL. The workload was a bit heavy due to the fact that the MetMuseum course was not actually a two week course, as noted in the bulletin, but two weeks of seminar followed by a month of intensive research. Ultimately it was a great experience, jammed packed with interesting research on museum artifacts, local landmarks and maps.
NYC Garden Maps, a WordPress site on community gardening in New York City
My map project on NYC Garden Maps is done. I am editing the final deliverables for presentation here, including a walking tour of the Bloomingdale neighborhood on the Upper West Side and a MetMuseum exhibition guide. Look for these shortly.
Also, I spent the summer with my linked data team refining our paper on "Linked Data for Cultural Institutions," which has been accepted to ACM's 2013 SIGDOC conference. This has been a challenging and extremely rewarding experience and I thank my teammates and co-authors, Julia Marden, Carolyn Li-Madeo and Jeff Edelstein of Pratt Institute. I celebrated the end of an intense summer with two weeks in the Massachusetts Berkshires.
Pratt SILS Student Showcase
I have been nominated to present three projects at the Pratt SILS Student Showcase on May 10, 2013, including a review of technology platforms for a digital humanities skillshare application; a group project on linked open data at cultural heritage institutions in which I studied the Australian War Memorial, EU Screen and the Deutsche National Bibliotek; and a group project on folksonomies and social tagging in museums, which was presented at the 2013 Information Architecture Summit.
A Survey of Digital Humanities Skillshare Applications, nominated for the Pratt SILS Showcase:
The DH skillshare website is available here: DH Skillshare
Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage, group project nominated for Pratt SILS Student Showcase. Poster, presentation and paper below.
LOD for CH Poster:
LOD for CH Presentation:
Paper: Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage
By Jeff Edelstein, Lola Galla, Carolyn Li-Madeo, Julia Marden, Alison Rhonemus, Noreen Whysel
Abstract: This paper surveys the landscape of linked open data projects in cultural heritage, exam- ining the work of groups from around the world. Traditionally, linked open data has been ranked using the five star method proposed by Tim Berners-Lee. We found this ranking to be lacking when evaluating how cultural heritage groups not merely develop linked open datasets, but find ways to used linked data to augment user experience. Building on the five-star method, we developed a six-stage life cycle describing both dataset development and dataset usage. We use this framework to describe and evaluate fifteen linked open data projects in the realm of cultural heritage.
Download the paper: Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage
Poster: Folksonomies and Social Tagging in Museums, created with Kathleen Dowling and Dana Hart and presented at the 2013 Information Architecture Summit in Baltimore on April 5. This poster was nominated for the Pratt SILS Student Showcase on May 10:
Presentation: Folksonomies and Social Tagging in Museums
Class Presentation on Digital Humanities in the Field of Archaeology:
Presentation: IA of Emergency Response (for designers) from IxDA's July 12 meeting.
More presentations on Slideshare.