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IA Summit 2006: Day One

by David Sturtz

Here’s a quick wrap-up of some of the first day’s highlights and thoughts for those of you playing along at home…

Something about knowledge…

David Weinberger’s opening presentation dealt with how the concept of knowledge is changing. (Luke W. has excellent notes on this presentation and others. ) He touched on the concept of authority and the editorial process, and Rashmi Sinha pointed out that socially-edited content also has a viewpoint. This lead me to wonder if there is a way (or a need) to more clearly/explicitly present the underlying bias. It’s common knowledge that GE owns NBC, for example, but who “owns” Digg? (Judging from the current front page it’s Linux-using, ipod-modding web developers with a soft spot for Nintendo nostalgia.)

Ethnomethodolgical architectures

I found Ramesh Srinivasan’s talk on his ethnomethodolgical architectures very interesting. I’m writing that one up for Boxes and Arrows so you’ll have to wait for the full report. His paper, “Fluid Ontologies for Digital Museums [PDF] covers many of the issues he talked about.

Sociable literacy

Nancy Kaplan from the University of Baltimore gave a talk on activity-based design using her work with social e-books for children. See “In the Company of Readers: The Digital Library Book as ‘Practiced Place’” [PDF] and Reading Alone Together: Creating Sociable Digital Library Books [PDF] for more on the project. I believe that what she termed “sociable literacy” is going to have a huge impact in the next few years as e-book technology finally takes off. (The talk was more about activity centered design, but I got distracted.)

Great experience rubric

A thought-provoking poster [huge PDF] by Stephen P. Anderson was designed to help clarify discussions around “experiences.” Download the explanation of “Sorting, Classifying, and Labeling Experiences” [PDF] or read the whole story on his blog. (I think there should be a “Cosmo quiz” version just for fun — mostly B’s? Too much product placement, try letting your customers do the talking.)

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