Adelle Frank Drupal, genealogy, accessibility, and religion archives geek in Atlanta, Georgia


Canadian ISP allows parody of Ralph Lauren's unhealthy model photoshop to stay

Big-headed ticked off Ralph Lauren by noting that, in this model's photo, "her head is bigger than her pelvis."   Thanks to for the image.

However, note the "" in that URL?  That's Google, who totally caved to Ralph Lauren's spurious copyright infringement claim.  Spurious, because parody is an excellent example of Fair Use.

Happily, BoingBoing is hosted by a Canadian company who is not subservient to the DCMA.

The lesson?  Host your controversial blog outside the U.S. :)

See the video of BoingBoing talking with Rachel Maddow.

5 Reasons Why I love Oxygen XML and you should, too

This software makes it possible for me to spend days in the depths of XML and XSL and not go totally insane. Here are my 5 reasons for loving this XML editing software.

Interaction gestalt and the design of aesthetic interactions

Lim, et. al. (2007) apply a visual perception theory (gestalt) to interaction design, defining 11 attributes of interaction.

Problem space & representation in reasoning

A quick, useful distinction when considering information seeking behavior is the place of problem space & representation in reasoning.

A Goal-based Classification of Web Information Tasks

Kellar, Watters, & Shepherd (2006) offer a high-level classification of user’s activities on the web as goal-based information tasks, these could be helpful when structuring personas. The information goals they discover are: information seeking, exchange, maintenance and, perhaps, monitoring.

The internet and the 2008 election (Pew)

This report highlights information seeking on the internet, which is becoming an increasingly-used source for voter information. Unfortunately, at the moment, the internet is most useful for national elections. Statewide and, especially, local election information is still difficult to locate on the internet. Local voter advocacy groups would be well-served to focus on sharing their local voter information in the formats and customized for the tasks mentioned below.

Making sense of credibility on the Web: Models for evaluating online information and recommendations for future research

Metzger performs a literature review on efforts to improve the credibility assessment skills of Internet users, including checklist and contextual models, as well as empirical studies. She then details the new strategies suggested by her review and proposes future directions for web credibility research. Her dual-processing model highlights the importance of studying not just a user’s ability to evaluate, but also their motivation to do so.

Information needs and uses

Dervin and Nilan (1986) trace the paradigm shift in information needs research away from systems-centered and toward a more user-centered approach. I was particularly intrigued by those user-centered studies that examined information needs: (1) by the different kinds of information needed at different stages in research; (2) by eliciting statements of problematic situational activities; and (3) as observable behavioral indicators.

Research Techniques and Methods for studying Human Information Behavior on the Web

Learn about how user research techniques are relevant in the web development, IA and UX fields.  Read these summaries and reflections on part 4 in Donald Case's book on Human Information Behavior (HIB).

DocumentCloud to create open archives for investigative reporting and FOIA documents

Free, somewhat well-tagged access to documents gained by Freedom of Information Act requests and by investigative journalists.