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Ravi Mynampaty - developing findability standards

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    • 1. Developing & Findability StandardsFor Web, Intranet, and ApplicationsRavi Mynampaty Copyright © President & Fellows of Harvard College.
    • 2. About me• Search guy• Engineer• Linguistics• Data Visualization @ravimynampaty 2
    • 3. Our Organization• Harvard University • Many schools (HMS, HLS, HKS, …)  Harvard Business School (HBS)  ITG, DRFD, MBA, Exec Ed, M&C, …  Knowledge & Library Services (KLS)  Information Management Group  Metadata/Taxonomy  Information Lifecycle Management  Analytics  Search & Findability (== Ravi) @ravimynampaty 3
    • 4. Looking for rocket science? @ravimynampaty 4
    • 5. Outline: The Five W’s of Findability1. What?2. Why?3. Who?4. How?5. When?• List of standards @ravimynampaty 5
    • 6. What is Findability?In the context of HBS Web, Intranet, and Apps…1. The way in which end-users locate information.2. The way the information is displayed so that end- users understand what they have found.3. The precision and relevance of the information presented to them. @ravimynampaty 6
    • 7. Alternate Title Your search engine doesn’t matter (so much) @ravimynampaty 7
    • 8. Why Findability Standards? @ravimynampaty 8
    • 9. Why Findability Standards?• Problems: • Proliferation of different search tools • Multiple UI design patterns • Lack of optimization, standardization • No formal support system• Risk: • Users not finding information they need • Borne out by recent user research• Need standards to tackle the above @ravimynampaty 9
    • 10. Improving Findability: Goals1. Develop a global view of HBS Findability2. Develop standards, practices, support mechanisms for HBS Findability3. Develop a plan for the evolution of HBS Findability @ravimynampaty 10
    • 11. Findability Components: Framework Modified from “Search Patterns”, Morville & Callender 11
    • 12. Findability Components1. Analytics and User Research2. UI3. Engine4. Content5. Creators6. Management & Support @ravimynampaty 12
    • 13. Roadmap to Standards• Joint effort • Knowledge & Library Services (KLS) • Information Management (IM) Team • ITG• Inventory of search-like tools• Inventory of data repositories• Conducted business owner interviews • ER, Exec Ed, MBA, M&C, DRFD• Milestone: Current state @ravimynampaty 13
    • 14. Roadmap to Standards• Joint effort • Knowledge & Library Services (KLS) • Information Management (IM) Team • ITG• Inventory of search-like tools• Inventory of data repositories• Conducted business owner interviews • ER, Exec Ed, MBA, M&C, DRFD• Milestone: Current state @ravimynampaty 14
    • 15. Roadmap to Standards• Researched best practices• Conducted business owner interviews • ER, Exec Ed, MBA, M&C, DRFD• Milestone: Desired state• Created draft standards by Findability Component • Analytics/User research, UI, Engine, Content, Creators, Management & Support @ravimynampaty 15
    • 16. Sampling of Standards• Analytics/User Research  A findability analytics plan should be established in order to understand user search behavior.• UI  Show informative result surrogates.• Engine  Recognition and indexing of explicit and implicit content metadata• Content  Develop and adopt a formal content policy for the project• Creators  Examine analytics reports and incorporate findings into content creation process. @ravimynampaty 16
    • 17. Who Can Use The Standards?• Everyone • Business Owners • UI Designers • Analytics Specialists • User Research Specialists • Search Admins • Content Managers • Individual Authors • Project Managers • Software Developers • Information Management Team @ravimynampaty 17
    • 18. Information Management Team• Offers services to support and meet standards • Large Projects (Web, Intranet, Applications) • Other projects as necessary• Services: • Analytics, Search, Metadata, Taxonomy, Content• Can help: • Articulate goals • Implement and use standards @ravimynampaty 18
    • 19. How / When• Roll out standards to Web, Intranet, Applications • Engage with projects having a major findability function • Work with biz owners to determine which standards to apply• Examples: • Faculty & Research Website redesign • HBS Mobile Directory app @ravimynampaty 19
    • 20. Standards Applied: Mobile Directory• UI • Design the no-query SERP to offer simple error-handling features • Design no-results page to avoid dead-ends • On SERP always show the query that was entered in the input box. • Type-ahead for search-by-section, maybe a client side only solution. • Show search help in the input box using gray text• Analytics/User Research • App needs to be analytics enabled, esp. need to capture search strings and no result queries. @ravimynampaty 20
    • 21. Summary Current state Future state Validation & tuning o via implementation in projects @ravimynampaty 21
    • 22. Summary Current state Future state Validation & tuning o via implementation in projects @ravimynampaty 22
    • 23. Thank You• Questions? searchguy@hbs.edu www.linkedin.com/in/mynampaty www.slideshare.net/mynampaty @ravimynampaty 23