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Data-Informed Design: Minimize the Website Redesign Debate | UX Booth

Starting off with using data to inform your design decisions can help you get you off on the right foot.

The process of redesigning a website (and keeping stakeholders happy) is complicated at best, grueling at worst. This week, UX Booth columnist Jennifer Leigh Brown explores how to navigate website redesigns by arming designers with data.

Source: Data-Informed Design: Minimize the Website Redesign Debate | UX Booth

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What kind of shopper are you?

New Canadian research has revealed key information about holiday shoppers’ behaviour. They are browsing and purchasing over longer stretches of time, and it’s more important than ever for you to be there for them earlier in the season.

Google analyzes and describe four types of Canadian holiday shoppers and explains how marketers can best help them navigate the holiday season.

A really nice, insightful and easy to read report. Great responsive design layout too.

Source: Think with Google

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Good enough practices in scientific computing

Author summary Computers are now essential in all branches of science, but most researchers are never taught the equivalent of basic lab skills for research computing. As a result, data can get lost, analyses can take much longer than necessary, and researchers are limited in how effectively they can work with software and data. Computing workflows need to follow the same practices as lab projects and notebooks, with organized data, documented steps, and the project structured for reproducibility, but researchers new to computing often don’t know where to start. This paper presents a set of good computing practices that every researcher can adopt, regardless of their current level of computational skill. These practices, which encompass data management, programming, collaborating with colleagues, organizing projects, tracking work, and writing manuscripts, are drawn from a wide variety of published sources from our daily lives and from our work with volunteer organizations that have delivered workshops to over 11,000 people since 2010.

Source: Good enough practices in scientific computing