A Potential Design for a Prototype Online Communication and Collaboration Platform


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A Potential Design for a Prototype Online Communication and Collaboration Platform

  1. 1. A Potential Design for a Prototype OnlineCommunication and Collaboration Platform September 9, 2011 Sarah Jones Digital Library Services
  2. 2. BackgroundThe ProblemTransportation planners and public health agencies are notworking together effectively for regional developmentplanning.
  3. 3. BackgroundA Cause for the ProblemThere are barriers that keep them from working togethereffectively. One barrier relates to communication andcollaboration. – Transportation/regional level - fed laws require public input (environmental, minorities, community, etc.) – Public health - input/planning has been lackingBeing overly dependent on automobiles →consequences, e.g., obesity.
  4. 4. BackgroundHypothesisProviding online tools will help them overcome thecommunication and collaboration barrier. – provide an online destination for them to communicate, collaborate and share data amongst themselves – use outputs from that destination to communicate with and engage the public
  5. 5. BackgroundThis projectProvide a prototype online communication and collaborationplatform with a set of tools that will address the barrier totransportation planners and public health agencies workingtogether effectively.
  6. 6. Components of the online destination 1Data storage and access • Hosting – Self-hosting by the agencies – Professional data center hosting - commercial vs. non-commercial (e.g., the UTA Data Center in Fort Worth) • Value-added services (e.g., data search / parsing / analysis / visualization software) • Security, privacy, protection of licensed content
  7. 7. Components of the online destination 2Options for online communication: • Forums • Chat • Email • Meetings • Organization blogs • Individual blogs
  8. 8. Components of the online destination 3Options for online collaboration: • Shared documents (text, presentation, spreadsheet, whiteboard, desktop sharing) – e.g., Google docs, join.me, Dabbleboard • Photo/image/video sharing – e.g., flickr, YouTube
  9. 9. Components of the online destination 4Future options for providing a public-facing product: • Information sharing with the public – e.g., news, agency blogs, individual staff blogs • Gathering input from the public – e.g., through polls, blog or news comments, surveys
  10. 10. Back-end development requirements• Data storage and access solution(s) – Whose servers? Who pays?• Choice of web development platform – Local or commercial hosting with regular HTML – Use of a CMS, e.g., Drupal, Joomla, WordPress• Integration of 3rd party web apps into the local user interface (e.g., the forums, chat, shared documents, etc.)
  11. 11. Support and maintenance requirements 1• Data storage and access solution(s) – Who provides staffing? Who uploads new data? Who manages the data selection and updating process?• The web pages – Who provides staffing? Who manages, creates, updates content? Who ensures content integrity?
  12. 12. Support and maintenance requirements 2• If there is a public-facing portion of the web site: – Community manager (the public face/voice of the site/project to the public) – Content strategy • Unified marketing/public relations presentation of the agencies involved and of this particular project
  13. 13. User Interface Considerations• Principles of User Interface Design (an entire field of study in itself!)• Some places to start: – 10 Principles of Effective Web Design – User Interface principles in web design – A List Apart: Design – Key principles of user centered design
  14. 14. Issues related to overall management• Who is/are the champion(s) for this project? – Enlisting support in the participating agencies – Cheerleading to maintain interest and participation among individuals in the agencies
  15. 15. Questions and Discussion Contact me: Sarah Jones Librarian, Digital Library Services University of Texas at Arlington Library sjones@uta.edu