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OpenAthens unveils top speakers at 2019 conference ‘User-centred by design’

Jane CharltonBy Jane Charlton
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Tuesday 30th October 2018

Federated access management specialist OpenAthens signs up stellar speakers for its 2019 conference entitled ‘User-centred by design’.

The one-day conference ‘User-centred by design’ takes place on 19 March at the America Square Conference Centre, London and will see experts from across the digital media and publishing world share their expertise on user experience, consent and privacy, piracy and practical use of identity and access management.

Three models for UX design

Dan Ramsden, creative director for user experience architecture at the BBC will deliver the keynote speech, sharing his experience and approach to designing with the user in mind. He’ll talk about how he combines user-centred design and the theory and practice of information architecture to help make the BBC’s tools, content and experiences more meaningful and connected.

Before joining the BBC, Dan worked at product development consultancy The Workshop where he specialised in information architecture and carried out projects for organisations like DWP, Morrisons, Parliament Education Service, Sheffield Hallam University and the BBC.

His team of UX specialists are based at MediaCity UK in Salford and BBC offices in London. They work together and with multidisciplinary teams across the BBC to apply Information Architecture theory and practice to shape the structure and interface of BBC products as well as impacting scope and strategy.

Dan said:

I couldn’t be happier to be talking about how user-centred thinking makes systems that are not just more efficient and resilient – but also more coherent, connected and easier to make sense of and use. It’s inspiring to be part of a multidisciplinary conversation about how designing with users front of mind is the most reliable way of designing usable systems.”

GALILEO for Life: Georgia’s Portal to Lifelong Learning

Dan will be joined at the conference by plenary speaker Russell Palmer, assistant director for support services at GALILEO, the online library portal for more than 2,000 institutions across the state of Georgia in the US.

GALILEO virtual library provides more than 10,000 journal titles in full text as well as encyclopedias, business directories and government publications.

Russell will discuss best practice in balancing the demands of creating a smooth and easy user journey and facilitating access to relevant content with online security and protecting valuable content from abuse.

Clinician training in Queensland’s public health sector

Cindy Slater, a senior training specialist at EBSCO, a world-leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries of all kinds, will present a case study on their work with Queensland Health’s Clinical Knowledge Network (CKN) in Queensland, Australia.

Jon Bentley, commercial director at OpenAthens, said:

We’re thrilled to have attracted such top level speakers for next year’s conference.

The event will offer industry leading insight on user-centred by design and other key topics relevant to anyone managing access to digital content.

The focus, user-centred by design, reflects OpenAthens’ commitment to creating, maintaining and enhancing easy, simple and secure user access to content.

In the past, in a desire to protect valuable content, the user experience was sometimes compromised by digital content providers and we are determined to rebalance this.

These are all areas undergoing rapid change so this conference will be an opportunity to hear about the latest technologies and ideas in this field.”

The OpenAthens Conference brings together hundreds of international publishers and library professionals from a wide range of sectors including education and research, healthcare, government, charity, publishing, and commercial. It is relevant for anyone with an interest in identity and access management.

Find out more about the conference programme and book your early bird ticket by Wednesday 14 November 2018.


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