Information Architecture

Dumbarton United Methodist Church Site

On this project, my role was to develop a Drupal site for Dumbarton United Methodist Church. Tasks included:

  • Submit a proposal
  • Collect requirements
  • Create wireframes
  • Capture the design from the client
  • Coordinate theme development
  • Coordinate logo development
  • Coordinate hosting services
  • Develop the site
  • Develop banner images
  • Work with server techs to configure server to support Drupal
  • Design and deliver Drupal training sessions
  • Coordinate logo design and development
Client: 
Dumbarton United Methodist Church
Role: 
Planner (IA, UX), Builder, Trainer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2010.05
End: 
2010.08
Platform: 
Web-Drupal

Sections: 
Technology: 

UX Design and Drupal Websites: A Planner's Guide

In the past year, the letters UX have grown very popular in discussion posts, job ads, etc. UX design or user experience design can't be defined in a sentence. I found a definition of UX design on uxdesign.com @ http://uxdesign.com/ux-defined. As I read, the author of this article brings up the "profound and practical insights of Jesse James Garrett" and his diagram of The Elements of User Experience.

Planning Drupal Sites - Resource and Training Site

The content in this site is now a Wiley/Wrox book. Drupal: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites

How do you make the default installation of Drupal into what you want? How do you know which modules you will need? How do you organize your content? How do you get your content into your site? How do you sustain a Drupal site?

This book helps you define what you want for your Drupal site, making it easier to do things like

Client: 
IDCM Innovations
Role: 
Subject Matter Expert and Author
Status: 
Open
Start: 
2010.01
End: 
2010.05
Platform: 
Web-Drupal
Sections: 
Technology: 

KDMD Portal Implementation

The USAID Knowledge Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) Portal is a Drupal-based portal of sites built on Drupal 6.x. My role with the QED Group included both liaising with QED’s web development vendor during the site development process and helping to build internal Drupal capacity among the KDMD team.

Responsibilities included

Client: 
QED Group LLC
Role: 
Requirements Analyst and Technical Assistant
Status: 
Open
Start: 
2009.08
End: 
2010.05
Platform: 
Web-Drupal
Sections: 
Technology: 

EG Learning Center Implementation Support

The QED Group contracted with me to help them with this Drupal implementation project. For this project I was asked to assess a site they had received from their developer and then help them bring the project to launch. My tasks included

Client: 
QED Group LLC
Role: 
Requirements Analyst and Task Leader
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2009.09
End: 
2009.11
Platform: 
Web-Drupal
Sections: 
Technology: 

Online Database Workshops

As the Webmaster for the Instructional Resource Center at George Mason University, I designed, developed, and delivered two introductory workshops on online databases.

At the time these were created, faculty and staff were starting to see the advantages of putting data online via a database. GMU was not prepared to allow all faculty and staff to create database driven dynamic websites. In an effort to help GMU and its faculty and staff decide how to proceed, I presented:

Client: 
George Mason University
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, and SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2001.03
End: 
2001.04
Platform: 
Classroom

Sections: 

COLD Technology Requirements Evaluation

As a consultant for Work Smart, Inc., I performed a technology evaluation for a major health insurance company. Computer Output to Laser Disk (COLD) is a technology by which computer generated reports and documents (such as accounting reports and in-house generated invoices) are stored electronically. In 1993, the insurance company implemented a COLD system using an Optical Disk (OD) solution to replace their Computer Output to Microfilm (COM) operation.

Client: 
Business Consultant
Role: 
Business Consultant
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1998
End: 
1998
Sections: 

Electronic Information Management System Evaluation

The Vice President Information Technology for a major chemical company commissioned a study from Work Smart, Incorporated to conduct a concept study on the implementation and use of an electronic record and document management system (R&DMS) at the company's headquarters. The study would consist of the data collection, document analysis, and conceptual design/architecture phases of Work Smart’s methodology. There are two questions being answered in this study:

Client: 
Work Smart, Incorporated
Role: 
Business Consultant
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1998
End: 
1998

Sections: 

SEPG Training Management Database

As an employee of TRW on the FAA-ASD/SETA project, I supported the FAA Software Engineering Process Group responsible for training FAA employees in software engineering to support software engineering process improvement by offering software engineering courses to the FAA that support the CMM. The coordination and reporting requirements were such that a database was required to stay on schedule and ensure quality support.

Client: 
Federal Aviation Administration
Role: 
Database Designer, Developer, Implementor
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1996
End: 
1997
Platform: 
Desktop

Sections: 

FAA NAS Architecture Cost Database

During a critical evaluation of the FAA by Congress, TRW was instrumental in helping the FAA create a National Airspace System (NAS) Architecture that address the concerns of all involved. As part of this effort, two types of databases were created: engineering and cost. The engineering databases held information about the systems. Each version of the database comprised a different systems configuration in an effort find the most appropriate. The cost databases mirrored the engineering databases with the applicable costs for the configuration.

Client: 
Federal Aviation Administration
Role: 
Acting Information Systems Manager for TRW
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1995
End: 
1995

Sections: 

A Drupal Life-cycle

The process of Drupal web design has moved to the front of my thoughts recently. I am not necessarily talking about the graphic design but instead the information architecture component of the design. I started thinking about how much has changed since I was creating basic HTML sites. What constituted planning back then seems a far cry from what is needed for a content management system (CMS) where the number of pages can be significantly larger.

Defining a Global Learning Environment

This project had multiple components. The first part was to help the client develop a model that represented five phases of a learner moving through a learning environment life-cycle. When defining any environment, you take into consideration all aspects of the environment. This includes the people, their needs, applicable processes, required and optional resources, and some form of structure to help hold it in place.

Client: 
MSU Global
Role: 
Process Designer and Facilitator
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2007.11
End: 
2007.11
Platform: 
Meeting
Sections: 

GoinGreenHome.info

My client for this site already had a Drupal site in place and wanted to build a second Drupal sites so that he could chronicle his green home building experience, to share what he has learned, and to inspire others.
We used the existing Drupal installation, thus creating a multi-site configuration. We reused the theme from the current site and simply edited to fit the look and feel he wanted for this site.
My responsibilities were:

  • Setup the second site and install the database (D4 site)
Client: 
Sener Learning Services
Role: 
Web Developer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2007.05
End: 
2007.06
Platform: 
Web-Drupal
Sections: 
Technology: 

AV/IT Certification and Training Needs Assessment

ICIA chose to use a two-day facilitated meeting with members of the AV community as a means for identifying certification and training needs. In an effort to ensure the data collected was not swayed by personal experience, ICIA decided to ask an independent contractor. This open forum approach was intended to answer questions associated with training certification for AV/IT topics. The event included discussions about the audience, existing programs, and prerequisites.

By the end of the two-day facilitated sessions, ICIA had:

Client: 
InfoComm International
Role: 
Facilitator and Instructional Designer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2004.07
End: 
2004.07
Platform: 
Meeting

Sections: 

MSU Non-Traditional System

MSU partnered with Jenzabar to create a system to manage non-traditional training events. In other words, non-credit courses. Multiple departments within MSU were vested in the effort. MSU Global, as a leader in developing and delivering non-credit courses, was the lead in determining the requirements for the system.

As requirements and testing task leader, I was the technical liaison between MSU Global and the technology departments responsible for the development of the system. As technical liaison, my duties included:

Client: 
MSU
Role: 
Requirements Analyst and Task Leader
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2006.09
End: 
2007.06
Platform: 
Client/Server

Sections: 

MSU PFID-F&V Department Site

This project started as a task to move the Partnership for Food Industry Development - Fruits and Vegetables department website to a Drupal solution. Upon further investigation, it was determined by the client that the needed to be restructured. My role on this project was to:

Client: 
MSU PFID-F&V
Role: 
Web Systems Consultant
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2009.01
End: 
2009.07
Platform: 
Web-Drupal

Sections: 
Technology: 

Customer Relationship Management System Upgrade

The goal of this project was to upgrade MSU Global's customer relationship management system from Maximizer to whatever would fit their needs best and stay within budget. My responsibilities were to:

Client: 
MSU Global
Role: 
Project Manager, Info Architect, Systems Analyst
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2007.03
End: 
2008.02
Platform: 
Client/Server

Sections: 

WEMS for GMU IT Training

As an employee of George Mason University, I was asked to create a database that could be used to track the statistics associated with services offered by unit within the Department of Instructional Technology (DoIT). To make a long story short, I designed and coordinated the development of WEMS (workshop, walkins, events, equipment, and evaluation/survey management system).

Client: 
George Mason University Department of Instuctional Technology
Role: 
Sr. Instructional Design and Dept Webmaster
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1999.03
End: 
2000.06
Platform: 
Web-ColdFusion
Sections: 

Citizen Planner Online Program

The Citizen Planner online program covers the core tasks associated with being a Planning Official. The online program started as a project to convert classroom based lectures into online modules.
The program is made up of seven independent study online modules. Each module has four to eight units with an anticipated completion time of 1 hour. The seven modules and their units are sequenced to allow learning to build and expand from one module to the next. The program has since been expanded to include five special topics modules currently in development.

Client: 
MSU Land Policy Institute Extension Office
Role: 
Project Manager, Instructional Designer, SME, Author
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2004.09
End: 
2009.12
Platform: 
Online

Sections: 

Food Safety Knowledge Network Pilot

In support of Michigan State University Global, I provided consult in several areas:

  • Requirements analysis and documentation
  • Product and application research
  • Implementation of a Drupal 5.x demo web site

In short, I provided information architecture and technology evaluation consulting in the design and implementation of the FSKN system that will include, but is not limited to:

Client: 
MSU Global
Role: 
Web Systems Consultant
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2007.12
End: 
2008.07
Platform: 
Web-Drupal
Sections: 
Technology: