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Hiding our Collections   in Plain Site Interface Strategies for Findability
Nate Solas <ul><li>(@homebrewer) </li></ul>Webmaster at the Walker Art Center Today: The problem The numbers Recommendatio...
 
 
 
ArtsConnectEd 1  (ACE1)
What do the logs tell us about how this interface is used? id timestamp term # user agent 187710 2008-04-28 12:03:21.043 f...
Top search terms in ACE 1 trying to browse? part of an assignment? Term Frequency photographs 734 paintings 413 sculpture ...
&quot;Term Facets&quot;
Facet Other
Artist names are big, then medium, and finally culture
Recovering session information (simplified) EFF showed user agent usually contains enough unique information to identify a...
 
Browsing the collection, circa 1990
 
 
 
 
Facet Other
 
Coverage of the collection +20% +100%
Time on site: easy to measure, hard to understand Is your interface inviting deeper exploration, or is it just taking them...
Still typing facet terms into the search box?
Recommendations
 
Prevent dead ends 3x more dead ends! You Should Tell users (133) How many (826) Results (0) To expect (26) Bad Design Make...
Explain the &quot;no results&quot; page
Suggest speling spelling
Beyond the interface
 
No search engine can crawl this site ... unless you provide a sitemap
SEO + Crawlable site + Sitemap =
<ul><li>Buzzword Bingo! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>microdata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>microformats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
The end. All Stormtrooper photos via CC license at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/ Pic. of baby with book: by me
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MW2010: Nate Solas, Hiding our Collections in Plain Site: Interface Strategies for "Findability"

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A presentation from Museums and the Web 2010.
A recent redesign of the collection search interface for an on-line art education tool (ArtsConnectEd.org) has provided an opportunity to compare usage patterns between the two versions. In this paper I first survey current search interface design patterns, then discuss the new interface, the log cleanup and analysis, and finally present evidence-based recommendations that may be applied to the general problem of presenting large collections on-line.

see http://www.archimuse.com/mw2010/abstracts/prg_335002302.html

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MW2010: Nate Solas, Hiding our Collections in Plain Site: Interface Strategies for "Findability"

  1. 1. Hiding our Collections   in Plain Site Interface Strategies for Findability
  2. 2. Nate Solas <ul><li>(@homebrewer) </li></ul>Webmaster at the Walker Art Center Today: The problem The numbers Recommendations Beyond the interface
  3. 6. ArtsConnectEd 1  (ACE1)
  4. 7. What do the logs tell us about how this interface is used? id timestamp term # user agent 187710 2008-04-28 12:03:21.043 fire 53 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727) 187711 2008-04-28 12:03:22.123 tropical beaches Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727) 187712 2008-04-28 12:03:26.233 water 148 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727) 187713 2008-04-28 12:03:27.170 nature and animals 25 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows   NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
  5. 8. Top search terms in ACE 1 trying to browse? part of an assignment? Term Frequency photographs 734 paintings 413 sculpture 275 arts 263 ceramics 169 pattern 156 photograph 150 landscape 123 masks 121 children 112
  6. 9. &quot;Term Facets&quot;
  7. 10. Facet Other
  8. 11. Artist names are big, then medium, and finally culture
  9. 12. Recovering session information (simplified) EFF showed user agent usually contains enough unique information to identify a user out of 1,500 others. Combined with 3-minute session window = good enough. Timestamp Term User Agent Session 1:10:01pm horse Firefox 3 1 1:10:45pm pony Firefox 3 1 1:12:22pm flower IE 7 2 1:30:12pm gallop Firefox 3 3 1:31:42pm portrait Firefox 3.5 4 1:33:08pm portrait Firefox 3 3
  10. 14. Browsing the collection, circa 1990
  11. 19. Facet Other
  12. 21. Coverage of the collection +20% +100%
  13. 22. Time on site: easy to measure, hard to understand Is your interface inviting deeper exploration, or is it just taking them forever to figure it out?
  14. 23. Still typing facet terms into the search box?
  15. 24. Recommendations
  16. 26. Prevent dead ends 3x more dead ends! You Should Tell users (133) How many (826) Results (0) To expect (26) Bad Design Makes Them guess What's behind Each door
  17. 27. Explain the &quot;no results&quot; page
  18. 28. Suggest speling spelling
  19. 29. Beyond the interface
  20. 31. No search engine can crawl this site ... unless you provide a sitemap
  21. 32. SEO + Crawlable site + Sitemap =
  22. 33. <ul><li>Buzzword Bingo! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>microdata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>microformats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RDFa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked Open Data </li></ul></ul>
  23. 34. The end. All Stormtrooper photos via CC license at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/ Pic. of baby with book: by me

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