Meeting 5 at Brown University

Dates: November 3 - 4, 2010 Location: Brown University, Hillel, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI Goals   Day 1: Built a Project Website and developed PR materials 9:00 - 9:30: Breakfast 9:30 - 10:30: Website Discussion  (Rafael Alvarado joined us virtually for this part)
  • Defined the needs for the project website
  • Deadline for completing website: January
10:30 -10:45: Break   10:45 - 12:00: Established the Website and work plan   12:00 - 1:00: Lunch   1:00  - 2:30: PR Discussion (Mara Degnan-Rojeski joined us virtually for this discussion) Developed a plan for publicizing the TAPAS project   2:30 - 2:45: Break   2:45 - 4:30: Continued work on the website and PR   6:00: Dinner   Day 2: UX Workshop 9:30 - 9:45 (10 mins) Overview   The day's goals
  • Our users Who are our users? What are their needs, mindsets?
  • Our service Boil our ever-growing features list down, once again, until we are left with the absolute essential functions
  • The Tapas model, structure, workflow What is the simplest and most natural way to model Tapas, so that the given users (#1) can perform the functions (#2) in the most intuitive way possible?
  • Drew some screen mockups demonstrating this model using pen & paper
  • Planned “next steps”, including a user testing approach
9:45 - 10:05 (20 mins) User Profiles   Question: Who forms our user base? Activity: Developed user profiles and posted one profile per poster-sized page Questions to ask:
  • What do they need TAPAS for?
  • How will they use it?
  • How familiar are they with XML, TEI, XPath, the web?
  • What tools do they currently use? (what could they use?)
  • What discipline(s) are they coming from?
  • Map user profiles to actual people (“profile A fits Prof. Jones at my institution ...”) we could use for user testing -- this could be filled out during break
10:05 - 10:35 (30 mins) Defining our service   Reviewed our list of functions, and boiled it down to the “absolutely must haves”   10:30 - 10:45: Break   10:45 - 12:00: Modeled TAPAS structure, workflow   12:00 - 1:00: Lunch   1:00 - 3:30: Continued pre-lunch activity & started to make screenshots   Present models developed before lunch Consolidate into a agreed-upon framework   3:30 - 4:00: Wrap up & next steps   Participants   Brown University Andrew Ashton, Senior Research Programmer, Center for Digital Scholarship Syd Bauman, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Scholarly Technology Group Julia Flanders, Director, Women Writers Project and Associate Director for Textbase Development, Scholarly Technology Group   Dickinson College Mara Degnan-Rojeski, Social Sciences Librarian (virtually)   Hamilton College Peter McDonald, Library Information Systems Specialist   Mount Holyoke College Shaoping Moss, Information Technology Consultant Ron Peterson, Network & Systems Manager   University of Chicago Quinn Dombrowski, Coordinator, Emerging Technology Development, NSIT, Academic Technologies and Communications Specialist for Project Bamboo   University of Virginia Rafael Alvarado, Associate Director, SHANTI (virtually)   Wheaton College Scott Hamlin, Director of Technology for Research and Instruction Rosalyn Metz, Systems Administrator for Curricular Support Patrick Rashleigh, Faculty Technology Liaison for the Humanities   Willamette University Michael Spalti, Associate University Librarian for Systems