Category Archives: Open Data

Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 3

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.
You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

This is Part Three of Three in a series that identifies opportunities for improving the experience of working with open data.  In Part One we established that there are at least two primary opportunities. Part Two covers the first one: opportunities for improving the UX when working with API documentation.  In this article we look at the second opportunity:  improve the UX around the APIs themselves. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.

You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

This is Part Two in a series that identifies opportunities for improving the experience when working with open data. In Part One we established that there are at least two primary opportunities. In this article we look at the first: improve the UX around documentation for APIs.  I am building an app called Kittinder! An App for Setting Up Play Dates for Your Cat and want to show you where the UX for open data documentation needs help. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 1

You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

Not much has been written about the user experience (UX) of working with open data.  This is troublesome for those of use who work with open data everyday; we either provide a sub-optimal experience for our data customers or we suffer ourselves when pulling in data from less mature external sources.  Nevertheless, this is an opportunity for UX-ers who are looking for green fields where they can share their knowledge (and get paid).

This is part 1 in a series of articles that covers steps you can take, as a UX professional or a product owner for open data, to improve the UX that an organization provides its data customers. Continue reading

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Trade Data to help U.S. Companies Export

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.  I originally ghost-wrote this article on the Hack for Change Web site on June 5, 2015.

The National Day of Civic Hacking is not just an event, it’s a mindset that the International Trade Administration (ITA) fully supports. We too follow open data principles by making trade data easily available for helping U.S. companies export their products overseas. The National Day is a great way for you and ITA to help our fellow businessmen and women expand international sales and increase the number of jobs at home. Continue reading

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You’re Sitting on a Gold Mine – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

Pile of GoldIs your brain whirring yet? In Part 1, I covered the many ways you can use your data to improve your customers’ experience and to connect with other companies that complement your offerings – all in the name of expanding your business.

If you’re still not convinced, keep in mind that the whole of all your combined data sets is much greater than the sum of the parts. The trick is to open the right data you have running through each of your systems, extract it, and draw insights from the various correlations you make.

Let’s see where mashing your data in different ways can exponentially improve your business processes. Continue reading

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