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Michael Higgins, CTO of Rhiza Labs, presents on designing public information systems that support truly public decisionmaking through incorporating the principle of transparency into their design approaches. www.rhizalabs.com

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  1. 1. Designing for Transparency Monday, March 2, 2009
  2. 2. Everyone wants to share, right? Technology is necessary but not sufficient: people have to be able to share, but also have to want to share! Monday, March 2, 2009
  3. 3. Some Stumbling Blocks: Databasin.org A project to help conservation scientists share • data with the conservation community: slam dunk, right? Scientists who have data worry that it will be • misunderstood Scientists worry about losing a competitive • edge Shared data might be highly technical and hard • to use Users who need data may have trouble finding • it and trusting it Monday, March 2, 2009
  4. 4. Stumbling Blocks: The Messy Data Pattern Visualizing information means: you can see all the errors! • Sharing information means: OTHER PEOPLE can see all the errors! • Quel Horror! • Monday, March 2, 2009
  5. 5. What to do? No quick fix for social problems • Technology with good design can help! • Use user-centered design techniques • Understand your users and stakeholders • Provide ways for data providers to track use • Make the system accessible for many skill • levels Provide a feedback loop to improve data • Make the system beautiful, even if the data is • ugly! Look for non-technical incentives • Monday, March 2, 2009
  6. 6. Come find us! Creative Commons Credit: http://flickr.com/photos/victoriapeckham/164175205/ http://flickr.com/photos/booskitty/2096393788/ http://flickr.com/photos/fensterbme/111552519/ http://flickr.com/photos/marsdd/2986989396/ http://flickr.com/photos/ifijay/281551533/ http://flickr.com/photos/nickwheeleroz/2281759696/ http://flickr.com/photos/spaceritual/51758543/ Monday, March 2, 2009
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    Mar. 8, 2009

Michael Higgins, CTO of Rhiza Labs, presents on designing public information systems that support truly public decisionmaking through incorporating the principle of transparency into their design approaches. www.rhizalabs.com

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