I attended Drupal South 2015 last week. Here are my notes from the sessions that I attended.
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Giselle Sperber (@_giselles) described an office routine which included 1 hour each day of open office, held at a nearby cafe, in order to gather ideas from their website users.
Giselle is a user experience designer who defines her user experience work as a community engagement tool. You can answer questions and get to understand the hurdles that your users are faced with. You need a PC, a gathering place, and someone to work with. For example, in a library, get a librarian to help you. You can use a range of devices and software to record sessions, or just a notebook will do as well. All this will help you “think like a passenger” (See: http://www.vic.gov.au/blog/2015/02/27/thinking-like-victorian/). Do it once a month! Use it to improve forms!
Code for America relies on government, community developers and third party suppliers to implement code or data based projects for community benefit. To get a project off the ground, you need 1) open data, 2) working together, 3) reliance on standards (so that it works).
You need to be able to access your data source, and this might require the data owner to make it available – or open for access.
You need to achieve collaboration between different sectors such as different sources of data. Different resources and expertise will be required to deliver the project, and they all need to be involved. Working together means that you can ensure the involvement that you need, and share your success too. You need developers and designers involved.
Making sure that your project will work for end users and for the platform you need. For example, getting data into the format for bus timetables would mean that you have to use the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). Data cleaning will be required.
There’s even a Code for Australia!
2) Discover Boston Public Schools. Converting a 30 + page document into a form to help students make choices.
Crowdsourced app testing: http://www.cutgroup.org/
How to increase the success of Government projects: https://playbook.cio.gov/
Data Vic: https://www.data.vic.gov.au/
GovHack Australia July 2015 http://www.govhack.org/
On 20th August I attended a workshop held as part of my organisation’s internal training program. The topic was “Team Culture”, which is defined as how are things done around here.
The following notes are taken from an in-service training session provided at my organisation in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
How do organisations prepare themselves for the next technological revolution? The Deloitte Tech Trends 2014 report gives us some pointers about aspects of our IT work that we need to focus on this year.