Time Title Location Speakers Notes Track
Sunday, August 4
6:30pm – 9pm Meet & Greet Elephant Bar Uptown For those arriving Sunday. No host bar. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
Monday, August 5
8am – 5pm Introduction to HTML5 Development Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Emily Lewis (Guest Speaker), Joseph R. Lewis (SNL), Janine Scott (SNL) Hands-on technical workshop in HTML5 introductory development. Workbook will be provided. Attendees wishing to play along with the examples should bring their own laptop computer and have admin rights to install software on their own machines, and should have a beginner-level understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. (Laptop recommended but not necessary.) A catered lunch will be served around noon. Web Development, Programming, Security
5:30pm Shuttle to Sandia Peak Sheraton Uptown Lobby Sandia Lab shuttles will provide transportation from the Sheraton Uptown to the Sandia Peak Tramway. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
6pm Sandia Peak Tramway Ride and Dinner High Finance Restaurant, top of Sandia Peak Take the Sandia Peak Tramway for a ride up to the High Finance Restaurant for a no host gathering. Take in the spectacular views of New Mexico from this beautiful and exciting scenic vantage point. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
9pm – 10pm Return Shuttles to Sheraton Uptown Sandia Peak Tramway Sandia Lab shuttles will provide transportation back to Sheraton Uptown. Last shuttle leaves at 10pm. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
Tuesday, August 6
8am – 8:15am Welcome Address Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Frederick Bermudez (SNL) Frederick Bermudez is the Senior Manager of Public Relations and Communications at Sandia National Laboratories. Mr. Bermudez welcomes the InterLab Community to Albuquerque and InterLab 2013!
8:15am – 9:30am Seven Tips for Managing Web Projects Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Chantal Forster (Guest Speaker) Overhauling your web presence? Simply picking the right tools or visual elements hardly guarantees success. Learn how you can build momentum and stakeholder buy-in for data-driven design and a website that works. No bullet points here; this talk showcases real usability studies, design tools, and project communication methods used on projects at Penn State, the University of New Mexico, and more. Chantal will share juicy tales from the trenches as a web project manager and Certified Scrum Master. Keynote
9:30am – 10am Content Analysis for EERE’s Web Enterprise (91 websites, 59 applications for 60,000 total files) Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Leslie Gardner, (NREL) Learn how NREL approached content analysis to help prepare DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy move into the platform. Conten analysis author: Michelle Resnick (NREL) Project Showcase
10am – 10:15am Break Sheraton Uptown Foyer Foyer Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
10:15am – 10:45am Measurements with Meaning: Developing an Analytics Strategy Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Trish Cozart (NREL) Defending the value and impact of our digital channels can be a tricky.  How do we show what we are doing makes an impact?  Too often measurement of site traffic and downloads becomes the only metric used to show success.  Furthermore with government websites we are often paralyzed by not being able to track individual users and the more powerful behavioral analytics. Trish will discuss how measuring impact stems from a clear business strategy and the indicators we choose to express value. Web Design and User Experience
10:45am – 11:45am Web Analytics – A panel discussion Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Shan Osborn (PNNL, moderator) with Leslie Gardner (PNNL), Ann Rafferty (LANL), Ann Lorenz (SNL), and David Leong (SNL) Not all web analytics tools are created equal. Many tools provide analytics, but which one is the best? The answer is…it depends on what information you want to collect and measure. This panel discussion will focus on • tools used by the various Labs (Google Analytics, Web Trends, etc.) • implementation (enterprise vs. individual website, web server log analysis vs. JavaScript page tagging), and • pros and cons of the various tools.We will also discuss the differences in analytics needs for marketing/communications purposes vs. technical/functionality purposes, campaign management, information the Labs look for when analyzing their website traffic and how it all supports the management of websites. Web Design and User Experience
11:45am – 1pm Lunch Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Buffet lunch served in main conference room.
1pm – 1:30pm Augmented Reality — A Brief How-to Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Karl Horak (SNL) Augmented Reality capabilities are rapidly changing. From simple dots-and-data on a smartphone a couple of years ago that required significant programming, we now have complex, interactive AR apps that can be generated automatically. In this how-to presentation the author will showcase some AR apps and explain the Python-Blender-Unity-Vuforia technology stack. The majority of the presentation will be the step-by-step creation of an AR app. Web Development, Programming, Security
1:30pm – 2:30pm ASP.NET SharePoint Solution – Giving our Customers Control Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Kathleen Quick (PNNL) Websites are commonly built and managed by teams – created by a web programmer, with technical writers and subject matter experts writing the content, and web masters making HTML updates. This approach is dependent upon several different people doing different jobs and, ultimately, leaving the end user waiting for results. Especially during this Sequestration, when budgets are being cut, we find that we don’t have less work to do – just fewer people to do it with less money. So, more than ever, we are looking for efficiencies.At PNNL we found a way to take work out of the system by building a framework that enables our customers to make their own content updates reducing their dependency on programmers for every update. In this presentation, we will show you how we are using the power of both SharePoint and .NET by creating a SharePoint client with ASP.NET. The secret is that you don’t have to be a SharePoint developer to build the solution and you don’t have to use SharePoint libraries. Our solution uses one standard SharePoint SOAP web service to pull data from SharePoint. The web sites are built by ASP.NET developers using HTML, CSS, and .NET controls while benefiting from SharePoint’s input validation and user credential management Web Development, Programming, Security
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break Sheraton Uptown Foyer Refreshments will be served. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
2:45pm – 3:45pm Why Agile Works – Positive Psychology and Cognitive Bias Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Hope Niblick (SNL) It has been well demonstrated that projects run using Agile methodology have a higher success rate than projects using traditional methodologies. This talk examines how Agile uses an implicit understanding of cognitive biases and leverages positive psychology to produce successful web and software projects — and why those projects are generally a bit more fun. Communications, Collaboration, and Social Media
3:45pm – 5pm Panel Discussion:
Knowledge Sharing Experience
Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Barbara Jennings (SNL) Our stock of intangible knowledge, expanding at today’s hyper-speeds, needs to be thought of as a new kind of asset in itself that serves all. As such, it requires considerate planning, professional analysis and engineering. I would like to invite a panel of knowledge managers from diverse labs to share their experiences. To facilitate, I will begins with a general overview of the problem and then pose questions to each panel member. Examples such as: How are we gathering/managing/sharing knowledge within the labs? What projects have been successful at capturing the knowledge and how did they do it? What resources can we leverage? What projects should we be following? Communications, Collaboration, and Social Media
6pm Lightning Talks Reception and Dinner Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Open Mic Nite at InterLab! Want to get a point across in only five minutes? Hesitant to get up and speak and looking for a short and friendly space to give it a try? You’re just more pithy than a proverb? Then please join us for our Lightning Talks reception. No slides necessary, or even desired. We want to hear what you have to say about the web, communications, technology, and so on. Use this as a jumping off point to start conversations and get to know one another at the reception! The reception will be followed by dinner service.Sponsored by Hannon Hill. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
Wednesday, August 7
8am – 9am Keynote:Take Your Markup to 11 Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Emily Lewis (Guest Speaker) HTML. The foundation of almost every single web site and, yet, one of the most overlooked languages. It has the power to make your sites more accessible. To help search engines and users find your site. To make your content sharable and syndicatable. It even has the power to save you time and money.But, of course, not just any HTML can do all this. Your HTML has to be one louder. Emily will show you how to “take your markup to eleven” with advanced techniques, including semantic HTML5, structured data with microformats and microdata, and WAI-ARIA landmark roles.You’ll see practical examples and learn best practices, so you can immediately start writing markup that goes to eleven. And, yes, there will be more Spinal Tap references. Keynote
9am – 10am Drupal and Publications: Solutions for Portability and Flexibility Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Marisa Price (LBL) Publications are one of the most important resources at any Laboratory, and there is an overwhelming demand for the ability to quickly access and distribute publications both internally and externally. In the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab, we developed a unique solution using Drupal to address the multiple challenges and opportunities of a flexible and portable Publications Database. Our initial attempts quickly showed us the limitations of current publications solutions for Drupal; we developed a modified Biblio Module to share publications across multiple Drupal 6 and 7 databases. I will provide an overview of current system, including components used, and describe planned improvements and compatibility with other publications databases. Project Showcase
10am – 10:30am Break Sheraton Uptown Foyer Refreshments will be served
10:30am – 11:30am Redesigning BNL.GOV or How We Blew Up the Death Star, a Journey in Five Acts Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Gary Schroeder (BNL) Brookhaven was saddled with a website that failed to clearly articulate its current mission, was visually tired and overly complex and which failed to adequately accommodate the top tasks that site visitors needed to complete. In a time when organizations are critically judged by their online presence, Brookhaven recognized that its online face had to be commensurate with its reputation for scientific excellence. The Lab’s communications and web professionals worked behind the scenes for more than a year to completely redesign the website, updating the information that it presents and how it’s organized and displayed.The multiple components of the redesign will be presented including: (1) the development of a coherent content strategy which identified our top messages and mapped information to audiences; (2) the design of a new series of web templates for a fresh look and feel; (3) the development of a comprehensive mobile strategy that would future-proof our site for the mobile devices of today and tomorrow; and (4) how management buy-in was secured. Project Showcase
11:30am – 12pm LANL External Site Transition to Responsive Design Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Monika Bittman (LANL) Even though in the web-developer world the Mobile First rule is well understood and championed, some organizations are not ready to follow through on this rule. What can developers do to transition to responsive design after the site is launched?Follow the step-by-step process Los Alamos National Laboratory developers used to make their external site responsive and familiarize your self with considerations for transitioning to responsive design such as:

  • mobile-only web pages vs. responsive design, or both?
  • mobile site traffic strategies
  • responsive design + server side components (RESS) strategies

We will also look at specific examples of common issues that include:

  • making data tables responsive
  • displaying navigation dropdown menus in mobile view
Web Design and User Experience
12pm – 1pm Lunch Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Buffet lunch served in main room. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
1pm – 1:30pm Opening up your data with web service APIs (and how to make this easier) Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Nick Muerdter (NREL) The labs have a lot of great data that we often need to share. There’s also a push from the White House to make data more open and machine readable within the government. Web service APIs can be an excellent way to easily share your data both externally and internally. However, if you’re building APIs, there are things to think through like API keys, access control, analytics, rate limiting, documentation, and more. But these are the boring parts of releasing and managing your APIs, so join us to find out how you can quickly leverage existing resources to minimize the amount of time you have to spend thinking about such things. This lets you can focus on the fun parts of actually sharing your data and seeing the benefits.So come hear about the basics of APIs, how they can benefit your team, and real-world success stories from NREL. Also hear about how we’ve teamed up with to launch, a free service aimed at helping federal agencies publish and manage their APIs in an easy way. Finally, learn about how all this relates to the Digital Government Strategy and the Open Data Policy, and how you can leverage these resources to more efficiently release APIs, fulfilling these policy requirements, but, more importantly, making your users happy. Web Development, Programming, Security
1:30pm – 2pm Information Architecture—beyond usability Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Shan Osborn (PNNL)  While information architecture (IA) and usability are often discussed interchangeably, there are also significant differences in their focus and scope. IA is more about determining WHAT you want the site, content, or audience to do, while usability is more about the ease with which content is understood and user tasks are done. These differences are important to understand, as they can directly impact the success of your website. In this presentation I will discuss aspects of IA and usability that are often overlooked and provide tips and resources for creating more robust content and development strategies to address them. Web Design and User Experience
2pm – 3pm Intranet Realignment: User Research Findings Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Janine Scott (SNL) The Intranet Realignment Project is a multi-year effort at Sandia National Laboratories working to align intranet services with user needs. Part of this effort included a user experience study where Sandia user experience researchers Janine Scott and Tameka Huff conducted interviews and focus groups to understand how different groups of people were using the intranet and how it can be improved. Findings included a wide range of challenges in major areas such as search, collaboration, information awareness, and the overall user experience. Janine Scott will present the results of their research and how that information is being used today at Sandia to improve the Intranet user experience. Web Design and User Experience
3pm – 3:30pm Break Sheraton Uptown Foyer Foyer Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
3:30pm – 4pm Sandia Maps Redesign Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Brian Sims (SNL) Faced with a deprecating API, Sandia Maps underwent a major backend redesign earlier in the year.We’ll take a look at the changes that were made, how Sandia Maps works, and several potential enhancements for the future. Communications, Collaboration, and Social Media
4pm – 5pm Panel: Website Implementation Lessons Learned Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Cindy Latham (ORNL, Moderator) with James Pearce (ORNL), Ann Lorenz (SNL) Implementing a new external website is a huge undertaking for any lab. The purpose of this panel is to provide a window into the lessons learned by other labs during the discovery, planning, design and development phases of their website upgrades. Whether your organization is moving from a static web presence to a CMS-driven site or just migrating content into a new system, the information presented by Sandia, ORNL and other labs TBD  will provide you with tactics for avoiding common pitfalls and creating a more successful website. Project Showcase
6pm Shuttle to the Museum National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free Sandia Lab shuttle transportation to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for the InterLab 2013 Gala. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
6:30pm – 10pm Night at the Atomic Museum National Museum of Nuclear Science & History The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has been reserved for Interlab attendees. This facility is the nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in the field of nuclear science and an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology. A dinner will be provided and the exhibitions will be open for viewing. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
Thursday, August 8
8:00am – 9am Keynote: Accessibility Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room  Virginia DeBolt Virginia will discuss the importance of accessible web design to provide the broadest level of access to all users.
9am – 9:30am Mousehate: Increasing accessibility of Web Applications one QWERTY at a time Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Andrew Steele (SNL), Robert Engelhardt (SNL) The web is a constantly evolving platform; it is vastly different than it was even five years ago. On a daily basis people are spending their time, productively and otherwise, on web based applications. By virtue the more we need to get done in an application, the more time we spend within its boundaries. As a general rule people want to do more in less time. Mousing about is the enemy of efficiency for any computer power user. Because of this when they are available keyboards will always be king. More recently both web users and web application developers have begun to realize that not only is the console not dead, it has found a new home on the web.Mousehate is the concept of allowing users of web applications to do a majority of their work in an efficient time sensitive manner by avoiding input devices outside the keyboard. By providing a translucent richer keyboard based input mechanism on web applications it is expected that many power users may ignore or greatly limit their use with slower input devices such as mice, touch pads, or even the modern touch screen. Mousehate introduces what are becoming common conventions for integrating short cut keys, hot keys that trigger actions, keyboard based navigation, and console like input / output for web applications. Techniques used by innovators such as Google, Twitter, and GitHub. While true that Mousehate may have only a limited increase in usability for occasional users of an application, frequent users are freed up to get their job done faster. This session will help guide developers into integrating Mousehate concepts into their web applications, thus providing a richer more usable experience to their users. Web Design and User Experience
9:30am – 10am Break Break Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
10am – 11am SEMAT – The Next Big Thing in Software Engineering Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Craig Hokanson (SNL) What is the next big thing in software engineering project and process management?  SEMAT could be the answer.  Software Engineering Method and Theory or SEMAT for short is a new and promising solution.  Unlike many other methods, SEMAT is made to solve some of software engineering’s biggest problems.  Some people have compared the software engineering field to the fashion industry, chasing one fad after another without really defining the space of engineering where real collaboration between entities can take place.  There are no standardized methods that promote the sharing of ideas and theory.  SEMAT proposes a number of different components that allow for that communication and collaboration in a way that still allows for customizations to how a project is managed and implemented.  SEMAT proposes a core kernel of practices, and then allows for tailoring of a project via multiple different add on modules.  The result is an organic process that can be repeated! Communications, Collaboration, and Social Media
11am – 12:00 noon eSharePoint Development Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Scott Olson (SNL) SharePoint is a robust agile development platform full of features and capabilities. By building on the Microsoft Office platform SharePoint developers can build simple to medium complexity CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) applications in 1/10 the time and cost of other web technologies. Also, the MS Office Server Suit offers out of the box capabilities such as Spreadsheet, Charting, Graphing, Relational Database features, Document control, and many others with relative ease.Discover how SNL added new features to SharePoint so that developers can quickly and easily connect to external databases, build complex applications by utilizing our 3rd party workflow engine, interact with SharePoint information geospatially and take advantage of SharePoint’s native communication interface – Web Services.  Developers will also get a preview of how these features tie into the SharePoint 2013 landscape and the new Client Side Object Model. Web Development, Programming, Security
12pm – 12:15pm Closing Remarks Sheraton Uptown, Wurlitzer Room Joseph R. Lewis (SNL) InterLab wrap up and thanks for everyone’s attendance! InterLab general sessions are officially concluded at this time. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas
12:30pm – 2:30pm InterLab POC Committee Meeting Paisano’s Restaurant– 1935 Eubank Blvd NE
Albuquerque,  NM
All InterLab POC members are invited to a no host lunch at Paisano’s Restaurant to wrap up feedback and plan for the next two years of events. Transportation provided by local hosts. Networking, Building Relationships, Sharing Ideas

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Thursday, June 6: InterLab Virtual Workshop, Spring 2019

The InterLab Virtual Workshop, Spring 2019 is a series of presentations and panel discussions by web and communication professionals from across the DOE laboratory system (see details below). Presentations will run from 1-4:45 EDST, 12-3:45 CDST, 11-2:45 MDST, 10-1:45 PDST on Thursday, June 6.

InterLab is a group of web designers, web application developers, online communications professionals, and managers of internet resources working throughout the United States Department of Energy laboratory complex and related federal research institutions. Since 1994, InterLab workshops have provided valuable opportunities for DOE web professionals to learn, share, and collaborate.

Thursday, June 6

PNNL’s new intranet strategy  (1:00 – 1:30 EDST, 12:00 – 12:30 CDST, 11:00 – 11:30 MDST, 10:00 – 10:30 PDST) 

PNNL’s Greg Kunkel will discuss his team’s experiences with implementing the laboratory’s latest intranet strategy.

User experience panel discussion  (1:40 – 2:25 EDST, 12:40 – 1:25 CDST, 11:40 – 12:25 MDST, 10:40 – 11:25 PST)

User experience professionals from three labs will share their insights into improving UX and their recommendations for UX best practices.

Migrating SharePoint to the cloud   (2:35 – 3:05 EDST, 1:35 – 2:05 CDST, 12:35 – 1:05 MDST, 11:35 – 12:05 PDST) 

The process of migrating to SharePoint to the cloud can be daunting, particularly for a large and diverse website. ORNL’s Lara James will describe some of the challenges involved in successfully relocating the lab’s extensive SharePoint resources, as well as lessons learned along the way.

 Design systems panel discussion  (3:15 – 4:00 EDST, 2:15 – 3:00 CDST, 1:15 – 2:00 MDST, 12:15 – 1:00 PDST) 

Panelists from several laboratories will discuss their experiences with using design systems to build attractive, usable websites.

Using Agile for project management  (4:10 – 4:25 EDST, 3:10 – 3:25 CDST, 2:10 – 2:25 MDST, 1:10 – 1:25 PDST)

The Agile approach to software development is widely used throughout the national laboratory system. Sandia’s Cara Corey will share her team’s experiences with Agile project management.

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