One of my favorite examples from yesterday’s tutorial is the Dashboard from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.† What a fantastic way to demonstrate value to insiders and outsiders alike.
I’m unclear on their methods for generating the Dashboard – the page source seems to suggest that values are hard-coded into each widget (and presumably updated by hand).
Does anyone know more about the technical details of this project or others like it?
Last year I read a fascinating article in Wired about Jay Walker’s personal library. Click through for photos of his amazing collection, which seems to be specifically arranged for serendipitous inspiration. In this 7-minute show-and-tell for TED, you can see some of his collection up close.
Jay Walker’s Library of Human Imagination
This Tuesday we’re skipping the tutorial to bring you the latest issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin.
This issue is focused on search and includes an excellent article from Daniel Tunkelang on human-computer information retrieval:
In economic terms, HCIR aims to offer users better return on investment. Instead of slavishly accepting the constraints of the current interaction metaphor (users enter two words as input and see a ranked list of ten results as output) and attempting to optimize the user experience within those constraints, a search engine can allow users to get more if they give more. But what should it ask users to give? And what will users get in return?
For one perspective on what users should get in return for their search input, don’t miss this Thursday’s Lunchtime Lecture by Prof. Benoit: The ‘beautiful’ in information: philosophy of aesthetics and information visualization.