I'm an Associate Professor in the Information School
at the University of Washington. I investigate tools,
practices, and systems that create the conditions for
sustainable, inclusive participation in the design of
I'm especially interested in how designers build up information handling
infrastructure to enfranchise stakeholders and to promote productivity
and creativity. I call this perspective
I have published on information management in design, design
education, search, and end-user programming.
I am affiliated with the
Value Sensitive Design Research Lab.
Information Systems, Digital Media and Homeless Young People
We are seeking to (i) Develop knowledge
for how systems useful to young people - and service agencies that seek
to improve their welfare - can be designed, and (ii) Develop a critical
discourse on the meaning and uses of digital systems by homeless young people.
I volunteer at a drop-in for homeless young people.
With Jill Woelfer
and other collaborators, we created a community technology center and the
New Tech for Youth Sessions Read a short
Several research projects are currently underway. Here are some writings:
Woelfer, J. & Hendry, D. G. (in press).
Designing ubiquitous information systems for a community of homeless young people: Precaution and a way forward.
To appear in
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.
Woelfer, J. & Hendry, D. G. (2010).
Homeless Young People's Experiences with Information Systems: Life and Work in a Community Technology Center.
Proceeding of the Twenty-Eight Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
(pp. 1291-1300). New York: ACM Press.
Woelfer, J. & Hendry, D. G. (2009).
Stabilizing homeless young people with information and place.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology,
The University of Washington Community Engergy Platform
With this project, I am exploring how data on energy consumption in the built
environment can be made into a public good, for catalyzing behavioral and
attitudinal change, and for supporting societies as they mitigate and adapt to
With undergraduate students, we have developed a prototype
that represents time series data on electricity consumption on the UW
campus. Two key questions:
Read a little about this project at:
- How should infrastructure for representing and accessing
time series data on energy consumption be built for long-term, evolving use?
- How can the infrastructure be positioned for social impact?
Nathan, L., B. Friedman & D. Hendry (2009/July).
Information system design as catalyst: Human action and environmental sustainability.
interactions, 15(4), 6-11.
This work is being engaged through a perspective called Multi-lifespan
Information System Design, which is being developed by
myself, and others.
Another current project ...
I have an interest in museums, especially how their collections can be
opened for public participation in curation.
We have a lot to learn from museums. We are all curators (or collection
With David Willer, we interviewed twenty curators, collection developers,
and other key stakeholders to learn about curation and technology.
If you would like to know more, please ask ... We have yet to publish
the results from this field work.
This work builds on work on public participation in software
Hendry, D. G. (2008).
Public participaton in proprietary software development through user roles and discourse.
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 66(7), 545-557.
I'm teaching two classes in the Autumn quarter (2009):
- My top ten
methods for better learning.
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