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Project Donahue is an internal project for IxDA to enhance our online community beyond the standard email interface. Take a look.

Project Donahue is an internal project for IxDA to enhance our online community beyond the standard email interface. Take a look.



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    • The new IxDA Digital Community Luke Wroblewski, IxDA IA Summit 2006 03-14-2006
    • What we got today
      • [email_address]
        • 2600 global subscribers
          • Probably under 200 active contributors
        • Great discussion
        • Lots of knowledge embedded in the archives but no organization
        • Poor user experience
        • Not a lot of options for different types of user interactivity
      • Announcement List
        • 1200 subscribers
        • Low volume
        • Only single looking glass
        • Very difficult to enable larger group to have posting rights
      • Limited Regional Announcement Lists
        • See above
    • More of our situation
      • More consumption of discussion list content than contribution
        • Difficult (& not necessary) to turn consumers into creators
        • How do we enable curators to help us improve our content and its consumption?
      • Many members overwhelmed by quantity of emails on list
        • Can we provide alternatives to email list (RSS, Web participation)?
      • IxDA Web site does not showcase the content or the vitality of our mailing list
        • The list is our biggest concentration of knowledge and people!
      • Survey indicates members love the list content
        • But it is not visible to our external audience
        • Great content is being lost in the list archives (in people’s inboxes, etc.)
    • Big Picture Goals for IxDA
    • Big Picture for the Community
    • Enter Jeff Howard
    • Project was created
      • A project plan is being monitored by the IxDA Board
      • 4 person lean team with support where needed (they are all located in the same metro-area and meet in person regularly)
        • Jeff Howard
        • Luke Wroblewski
        • Micah Alpern
        • Frank Ramirez
      • Project set to release by end of November
        • Gotta give some leeway due to volunteer efforts.
      • Running with tight phased efforts
    • Goals of Project
      • IxDA
        • Build comprehensive knowledge set about interaction design
        • Grow our community
      • Members
        • Grow reputation in the interaction design community
        • Jobs
        • Learn from practitioners
        • High quality content: improve signal to noise ratio
    • What research have we done?
      • Persona Development – Some are located at ixda.org/en/about_ixdg/
      • Surveys – Maybe you even participated
      Discussion list survey Announcement list survey
    • Complete Web Site restructuring
    • For the new Home Page
      • What is Interaction Design & Why should I care?
      • What is IxDA and why should I care?
      • Show Vitality of our organization
        • Discussion List activity
        • Local f2f events
      • Get Involved
        • Subscribe to list
        • Donations & Sponsors
        • Volunteer Opportunities
      • Dive into content
        • Topics: Jobs, Education, Local Groups, etc.
    • Initial Topics
      • Jobs
      • Education
      • Events
      • Local Groups
      • Patterns
      • Methods
      • Research
      • Tools
      • Announcements
      • Doing Business
      • [Will grow as needed]
    • Template Structure (frameworks)
      • Apply to top-level categories
        • Jobs, Local Groups, Education
      • Leverage in reduced format for all categories & tags
    • What’s been done? – Home Page Wireframe
    • What’s been done? – Topic Page Wireframe
    • What’s been done? – Add RSS Feeds
      • Full RSS feed including comments:
        • http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/
      • IxDA Topics cuts out all the comments, and only shows new topics:
        • http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/topics
      • IxDA Popular topics that have had at least three different contributors in a short period of time
        • http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/popular
      • IxDA Profile all the posts for a particular author
        • http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/profile?id=email
      • IxDA Jobs Shows the newest jobs
        • http://dev.interactiondesigners.com/en/discuss/rss/jobs
    • The future of the project …
      • Second generation member profiles
        • Featured members, self-identify as students
        • Reputation system for members
      • Calendaring for events
      • Jobs 2.0
        • Career management; salary survey; job board 2.0
      • Online local F2F administration (blog?)
      • Store
      • Site-wide search
      • Mailing List Maintenance
      • “ Too much” email problem
        • Requests for local or topic based mailing lists