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1Dani, A. ; Chatzopoulou, C. ; Siatri, R. ; Mystakopoulos, F. ; Antonopoulou, S. ; Katrinaki, E. ; Garoufallou, E.: Digital libraries evaluation : measuring Europeana's usability.
In: Metadata and semantics research: 9th Research Conference, MTSR 2015, Manchester, UK, September 9-11, 2015, Proceedings. Eds.: E. Garoufallou et al. Cham : Springer, 2015. S.225-236.
(Communications in computer and information science; 544)
Abstract: Europeana is an international trusted digital initiative providing access, from a single entry point, to prized collections from a number of European cultural institutions. Advanced Internet and digital technologies present new ways to connect with users; and there is a need continued evaluation of digital libraries. This paper reports on a task oriented, usability study exploring a number of aspects including user satisfaction specific to the Europeana Digital Library. Participants were students from Library Science and Information Systems department, who had some basic experience searching digital collections for information. Participants performed 13 tasks, and focused on the Hellenistic collection. Methodologically, the test was consisted of a list of tasks that among others aimed to assess user satisfaction and interest while performing them. The method applied was measuring Effectiveness, Efficiency, Learnability and Satisfaction. Despite the fact that it was not the first time that they came in contact with a digital library, several participants had difficulties while performing selected tasks, especially when they involved a variety of search types. In general, all of the participants seemed to comprehend how Europeana is organized, although the results also indicate that participants had feelings that expectations were not met when performing more complex tasks.
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2Garoufallou, E. ; Siatri, R. ; Balatsoukas, P.: Virtual maps-virtual worlds : testing the usability of a greek virtual cultural map.
In: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 59(2008) no.4, S.591-601.
Abstract: The authors report on the findings of a usability test conducted to evaluate the usability of the VeriaGrid online system. The VeriaGrid (www.theveriagrid.org) is a prototype virtual map that focuses on the provision of information related to the cultural heritage of the city of Veria (Greece). It has been developed under the Light Project by the Central Public Library of Veria (www.libver.gr). It is an interactive application that includes various functional or thematic areas such as an interactive digital map of Veria, image gallery, videoclips, panoramic site photos, and general information about the city of Veria. The findings of the usability test revealed that users had some difficulties in using novel features of the digital map (such as the Recommended Points and the Routes functions) and finding textual information about cultural heritage of the city of Veria. Users, however, were satisfied with the overall usability of the system. In light of these findings, some recommendations for improving the usability of the system are made.
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