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User Needs, Archaeology and Digital Data

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Presentation given at the 2009 Society for American Archaeology meeting in Atlanta. Online publication with a very similar discussion to accompany these slides can be found here: http://csanet.org/newsletter/spring09/nls0902.html

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User Needs, Archaeology and Digital Data

  1. 1. Yes, it is all about You: User Needs, Archaeology and Digital Data Eric Kansa UC Berkeley School of Information Unless otherwise indicated, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/> Sarah Whitcher Kansa The Alexandria Archive Institute
  2. 2. Orientation of Web Resources Difficult General / shallow Specific / depth Easy
  3. 3. Easy Difficult General / shallow Specific / depth Orientation of Web Resources
  4. 4. Easy Difficult General / shallow Specific / depth Most archaeological databases Most archaeological databases Orientation of Web Resources
  5. 5. Easy Difficult General / shallow Specific / depth Most archaeological databases Most archaeological databases ? Orientation of Web Resources
  6. 6. A “good” user experience: – Appealing – Credible – Easy to use – Relevant Studying User Needs Image by Jeff Kubina via Flickr (CC-by license) <http://www.flickr.com/photos/kubina/296367267/>
  7. 7. - Free, open access - Open source - Citable - Stable URLs - All media & data linked - CC licenses - Export / reuse
  8. 8. Open Context Development 2006 2007 2008 2009+ Validation of Data Model, initial content (10 project / collections)
  9. 9. Open Context Development 2006 2007 2008 2009+ Enhance performance, interoperability (RESTful services), additional content (2007 NEH award)
  10. 10. Open Context Development 2006 2007 2008 2009+ Expand content, demonstrate distributed services, iterative design with researchers (2008 NEH/IMLS award)
  11. 11. What Users Want A typical user community…A typical user community… (1) People, places, things (2) >50% “other” What are people looking for? Are they finding it? Is there something we can do about this?
  12. 12. What do Users Want? • Whole project approach • Literature, esp. gray • Regional exploration • Field system
  13. 13. What do Users Want? • Whole project approach • Literature, esp. gray • Regional exploration • Field system ComprehensiveComprehensive EfficientEfficient
  14. 14. Faceted Browse • Search results summarized as facets to guide exploration
  15. 15. • Stable URI for every item to citable human-readable version and also machine- readable version (Atom + ArchaeoML)
  16. 16. Mashups for Cooperation • Atom web services for data portability, distributed search, aggregation
  17. 17. Special Thanks University of Chicago: OCHRE Project Doris and Donald Fisher Internet Archive (media repository services) The United States National EndowmentThe United States National Endowment for the Humanitiesfor the Humanities

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