In 2020, the research team from the Transgender Media Portal conducted a series of usability tests on the Portal’s design and implementation. This report, designed by me (RA) and co-written alongside Jay Cooper (RA), Oliver Debney (RA), and Laura Horak (PI) details these tests. The full report can be viewed here.
This report is intended as a guide to facilitate the development of the Transgender Media Portal (transgendermediaportal.org). The Transgender Media Portal aims to make audiovisual work by trans, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people more available to artists, activists, festival programmers, researchers, instructors, and the public. By conducting these tests, we are hoping to get: 1. Ideas for how to make the website and database fun and easy to use—a genuine community resource; 2. Ideas for how to run the website and database so that they are ethical, fair, and do not put trans people in harm’s way; 3. A better understanding of how the project can respond to the wants and needs of varied trans communities; and 4. Ideas for “Best Practices” to share with other academics undertaking similar projects (e.g. databases that are inclusive of contemporary and historical gender identities, community-academic partnerships, crowdsourced digital projects, etc.).