Henry Stewart: Digital Asset Management New York Hilton NY, May 20-21, 2010 “The Art and Practice of Managing Digital Media ” New York Archives Conference Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, June 2-4, 2010 Presentation Title: It works, but is it usable? Usability and DAMS In 2009, the Metropolitan Museum of Art attempted to determine whether its current Digital Asset Management (DAM) system could be re-engineered to increase overall user acceptance. The approach was to use best practices from information science and user-experience to guide the process of needs discovery and analysis. This talk will outline Nielsen’s usability heuristics which were used as a means of application evaluation and as a reporting framework for the study. Examples from the user study will be used as a means to illustrate these heuristic principles. You can download my presentation here.
Ok, so I’ve decided to get on the last.fm boat. Why do you ask did it take me so long? Well, when I started using it again I remembered why. Simply, I don’t think I like it. I am a big fan of the Pandora project and prefer that to almost any online music application. However, I was intrigued by last.fm’s use of social integration (tagging, comments, groups, wiki) and, well, there is a widget I can use with my WordPress blog. As a new user last.fm frustrates me, I get lost within the framework and cannot find my way back to for example “my favorites”. I “heart” songs and I can’t find where to locate them again, other than the strange “playlist” feature. Furthermore the playlist feature is not a list of “my favorites” but rather a list of “some” songs I was able to add to yet another… Read More »
Metadata and Taxonomies are my thing. I spend an awful lot of time drinking coffee and having existential dilemmas on how to categorize what the hell I do for a living.