This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the news It started as a 2015 Capstone project by MLIS students Danielle Rios, Dianne Bohach, Jennifer Lam and Bobi deMontigny. Now, “Race to the Moon” has earned a place as a permanent exhibit at the Digital Public Library of America. The students focused on the period from the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 through the Apollo ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

Now that school has started, who has time to stay caught up on everything that’s going on? We’re here to round it up in one tidy place. Of course, this isn’t everything that’s going on. Email parrydo@uw.edu to let us know about anything we’ve missed. iSchoolers in the news “They just knocked our socks off”: iSchool interns made quite an ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

A roundup of the latest news, plus some odds and ends, from the University of Washington Information School. iSchoolers in the news Recent Informatics grad Stephen Ramirez has been making an impression at Starbucks. A first-generation college student, Stephen was featured in a story on the University of Washington home page. An internship after his junior year went so well that ... Read More »

Where were we? Catch up with iSchoolers after a busy summer

By Doug Parry iSchool Web Producer It’s been a glorious summer. Seattle basked in San Diego weather. We all freaked out over “The Really Big One.” I got a new job and met a lot of terrific people at the iSchool. But summer can’t last forever. Let’s get caught up, shall we? Here’s how some iSchoolers have been keeping busy. ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Open Source

This is the final post in a series of blog posts expanding on the four ideas I consider central to government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open source. In all four posts, I aim to provide concrete ideas for how governments can deliberately think about the experience that citizens have when interacting with them. Open Source Open source is ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Adaptability

This is the third in a series of blog posts expanding on the four ideas I consider central to government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open-source. In all four posts, I aim to provide concrete ideas for how governments can “design” the experiences that their constituents have when interacting with them. Adaptability When one thinks about adaptability, there are ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Listening

This is the second in a series of blog posts expanding on the four ideas I consider central to government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open-source. In all four posts, I aim to provide concrete ideas for how governments can use each of these items to respond to and engage citizens. Listening As someone who wears hearing aids, this is ... Read More »

Endless Love: The Illusion of Unlimited Choice in Online Dating

With the advent of the internet, people can find a partner on the other side of the globe with a click of a button and can have an entire romance online. Interest and rejection are conveyed nearly instantaneously, and with the addition of smart phones to their technological arsenal, people can constantly check their profile views and messages on the ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Transparency

This article expands somewhat on each of the four points listed originally in positing the idea of government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open source. We aim to provide concrete ideas for how each of these items might be implemented within government to improve its ability to respond to and engage citizens. Defining Transparency What is transparency? According to Wikipedia1, Transparency, as used ... Read More »

Scraping Facebook: An Awesome Tool for Grabbing Data from Posts

I am sure many of you would like some help scraping. By scraping, I mean the technique of extracting information from websites. Specifically, the posts of a Facebook group. When I was working on one of my early projects entitled Youth, ICTs, and Democracy in Egypt with the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the iSchool, we needed to undergo a qualitative ... Read More »