Interlab 2009

Agenda:  Day 1   |   Day 2   |   Day 3   |   Day 4

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November 17

9:00 a.m.

A Site Redesign
Presented by Jeffrey Zeldman, Happy Cog  |  Abstract

How can you change the way a site looks, while preserving the way its brand feels? Can “listening to your content” help you design more effectively? We’ll examine the differing goals and processes behind client work (when the content belongs to someone else) and homegrown sites (when the product or content is yours).

10:00 a.m.

An Agile Approach to User Interface Design for Web Applications
Presented by Shauna Fjeld, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  |  Abstract

Using sketching, prototypes, and user stories to define application requirements, get client buy-in, and design a better user experience.

10:40 a.m.


10:55 a.m.

Toward an integrated suite of project tools: ILC website redux
Presented by Maura Barone, Fermilab/GDE  |  Abstract

The International Linear Collider Global Design Effort (ILC-GDE) is in the process of building an integrated suite of project tools for communications, data archiving, engineering, costing, scheduling, and project management. In this presentation, we will make an overview of the existing tools and focus on the recent upgrade and redesign of the ILC website (

11:20 a.m.

Licensing Community Content
Presented by Thinh Nguyen, Creative Commons  |  Abstract

I will share information about licensing options for community content, including Web documents, scientific data, and other scientific information. I will discuss both public domain and copyright licensing options.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch, Brookhaven Center

1:15 p.m.

WordPress as a CMS
Presented by Sherman Beus, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  |  Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program developed a website in 1994 to support the science and infrastructure communication needs of the program. More than half of the site was maintained by an unconnected series of custom, database-driven content systems. Until the summer of 2008, news and program information were maintained the old fashioned way—static HTML. In 2008, WordPress was installed to build a new database with RSS (really simple syndication) feed capability. Through the News Center, the custom systems developed for research highlights and publications were then connected, and RSS feeds could be offered to users. With a redesign underway, we moved the rest of the static HTML pages into WordPress. Now, through several interfaces of web forms, all content is accessible to all the ARM writers and editors, allowing them to update web pages without sending their content to web programmers. This allows the web application developers and programmers to better control the website HTML code, scripting, and cascading style sheets.

1:35 p.m.

SSI and Perl in Web Development
Presented by Dean Frickey, Idaho National Laboratory  |  Abstract

Most developers are probably familiar with the use of Server Side Includes (SSI) in Web development. Common uses include accessing file information such as last modified dates and size, and gathering information about the website’s visitors including where they came from, the browsers they’re using, and their IP addresses. Perhaps the most common use of SSI is to share snippets of HTML code across a Web site. By combining Perl with SSI, it’s possible to do more though, including simplifying the development and maintenance of site navigation, enabling web-based forms to send e-mail while hiding the recipient’s address, and providing content management. This presentation will describe several ideas that have been developed along these lines, and show examples of how they are being used

1:55 p.m.

Social Media at EERE
Presented by Allison Casey, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  |  Abstract

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is using social media to connect with audiences and share information on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Learn about EERE's social media strategy and approach to implementation, as well as current efforts, future plans, and results thus far.

2:35 p.m.

Web Services and Their Discontents
Presented by Dan Love, Brookhaven National Laboratory  |  Abstract

Web Services allow for distributed access to data and are at the heart of AJAX and all those interactive Web sites that are so popular with the kids these days. This presentation will lay bare their inner workings and some simple tips to keep them secure. Practical examples in JavaScript and .NET will be presented but don't let that scare you off.

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Microsoft Desktop Social Networking Tools
Presented by Luis Benitez, IBM  |  Abstract

Details of this talk will be posted soon...

4:15 p.m.

A Prototype Online Tool for Navigating Complex Organizational Procedures
Presented by Courtney Patterson, Brookhaven National Laboratory  |  Abstract

This talk will present an overview of BNL's effort to make its “Key workflows” easier for users to understand through the use of a novel online system. BNL is involved in the Battelle Processing Modeling Initiative (BPMI) and is prototyping a new system for presenting procedures to staff members. The application is a homegrown process modeling tool that uses the content of BNL's existing Standards Based Management System (SBMS) to show users how work procedures are inter-related, both textually and visually using dynamically-generated flow diagrams.

7:00 p.m.

Evening Reception, Martha Clara Vineyards

Sponsors: IBM, Microsoft, CDW-G and Learning Tree International