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David Hendry

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 information systems. 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 Design Informatics.

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.

Long CV

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 news story.

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, 60, 2300-2312.

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 climate change. With undergraduate students, we have developed a prototype that represents time series data on electricity consumption on the UW campus. Two key questions:
  • 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?
Read a little about this project at:

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 Batya Friedman, Lisa Nathan, Alan Borning, 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 managers).

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 development:

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):

Teaching Methods

  • My top ten methods for better learning.


David Hendry
Associate Professor
University of Washington
Information School
Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840
Office: 330P Mary Gates Hall
E-mail: dhendry@u.washington.edu

Phone: 206-616-2316
Fax: 206-616-3152


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© Copyright David Hendry, Last updated: 8 October 2009.

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