DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group Quarterly Meeting

March 12, 2015


Gaeir Dietrich, Robert Jaquiss, Brian MacDonald, Julie Noblitt, Amaya Webster


Jim Allan, Lore Schindler, Natalie Shaheen, Ting Siu, Jane Thompson, Laurie Vasquez


Notes: Plan for gathering DAGRAM impact stories

  1. What: Gather testimonials from people who have:
    1. Attended webinars
    2. Used Poet
    3. Tried MathML Cloud
    4. Been part of the Advisory Board
    5. Been working group members
    6. Attended Asilomar and Airlie
    7. Engaged with our Twitter feed
    8. Subscribed to our newsletter
    9. Responded to survey about the Accessible Image Sample Book
  2. How: Collect stories & feedback via:
    1. Phone interviews
      1. Devise interview questions
      2. Determine interviewee list (start with Advisory Board & Working Groups, ask for recommendations of who else to ask)
      3. Don’t forget to talk with Ed Summers about DIAGRAM influence in his “Reach for the Stars” project
      4. Share interview notes by putting them in Dropbox for DIAGRAM to gather and synthesize. (Actually, this will be Box instead of Dropbox.)
    2. Online survey
      1. Devise survey and test it with internal group
      2. Send survey to altmedia list and circulate through all available social media channels
      3. QUESTION: Do we know someone who is an expert in good survey design?
    3. Noteworthy point: When you are a leader in the field there is nobody to compare yourself to…maybe our story needs to be, “without us, there would have been a vacuum…”
  3. Analytics:
    1. Map DIAGRAM web site traffic to key events such as CSUN, new product announcements, active twitter feeds, etc.
    2. Analyze listservs to map frequency of DIAGRAM-related topics – e.g. big surge in interest in 3D – DIAGRAM taking a leadership role is calling the conversation on applications in accessible education .
    3. Ask DIAGRAM-related CSUN speakers if they can share session feedback they get from CSUN


DIAGRAM Office Hours

    1. Nice note from Glinda on success of the gathering – blog post coming soon.
    2. Suggested improvements for next year:
      1. Make it easier to know what demos are in the room – verbally announce what and where things are.
      2. Would be nice to have a list in advance so participants know which people were the demo experts.
      3. Would be nice to have a schedule of demos so that if you only have 15 minutes to spend you know the best time to come.
      4. Create space for others to show what they have been working on. (We had an impromptu demo from Doug Schepers of his Describler, but others might have had things to share as well.)