B / Treme
Digital media, and software in particular, is a very verbose, very precise incantation of how we want an information system to behave. The highest level of detail, however, is also the most perishable, with material trading off precision for durability.
The Specificity Gradient is a framework for thinking about all of the precursor material: the research, prototypes, documents, that go into product development, as well as a general process for not only prioritizing work but organizing deliverables by level of detail, so the more durable parts can be reused. Expect as well a set of demonstrations, tools and infrastructure that implement the Gradient, as this is much more than a framework for organizing thought, but actual running systems.
About the speakers
Dorian has been working in and around the Web since he was a teenager, in 1996. He has done everything in this industry from swabbing the decks of Linux servers to designing internationalized, single-sourced, multichannel, kitchen-sink and a pony content pipelines.
Over the last decade or so, Dorian has been focused on making long-term, durable information infrastructure for everyday organizations—mainly associations and related nonprofits, like the IAI—using open standards and open-source technology.