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== Current Projects ==
== Current Projects ==
We are taking a multi-faceted approach to determining the best way to develop guidelines and best practices in user/usability studies.  As this is a tremendous task, we encourage you to join in the effort, as clarity in this area will save us all a great deal of work, resources and confusion.


We are:
*Areas currently under investigation include:*
* building on the previous lit review and tagging effort, and extracting our focus from the results of [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i9x1Su48KWBU14I0i5odrxh1SCYurrGWLXlfiST5NLI/edit Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries].
* modifying the lit review [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZEDdattkw63GUVGCkJJzZWLuL_fe9zvMBl9pxtNRt0M/edit?usp=sharing tagging dictionary] to meet our needs
* collecting additional resources to add to those already tagged
* reviewing existing and pending related standards


We expect to drill down to compare how others measure various aspects and develop their studies.
**Identifying users and user behavior**.
What are the methods used?  What are the components of how that occurs?  Are there measurable comparisons on how that's being handled?  How do we determine the effectiveness of the methods in use? 


We will compare and contrast use of terms and measures across the literature, incorporate standards, and develop guidelines, which we expect to share as a white paper.
**Learnability.**
How is learnability being measured?  What is the definition of learnability? What is the most effective method for assessment?


In the areas where we encounter conflicts and variations, we will report on our findings and engage the community to determine how to move forward to resolve the issues necessary to develop guidelines.
**Accessibility.**
This is a relatively new area, and one which is legally mandated.  Implementation outside the digital library community is fairly standardized, but we need research within the digital library community, and case studies on how accessibility is implemented in common digital library systems.


This will provide an initial starting point from which we expect to broaden our scope, with the ultimate goal of developing guidelines and best practices for user & usability studies for digital libraries.
**Usability**
What is the definition of usability, and what are its components?  The [ISO 25000 series standards][1] provide clarity on several aspects of quality measurements for software.  However, there are aspects of usability that are critical to digital libraries which are not covered in the standards, such as discoverability of content via web search engines.  Determining what the critical aspects of usability are which are *not* covered via standards is the first step to developing guidelines for assessment.
 
There are many other aspects to usability and user studies, and we welcome others who would like to pursue them.  Here is where we have shared working areas, and can provide open access for white papers and other results, with excellent visibility.  If you would like to join us, please join the Google Group linked below and speak up about your interests.
 
Thank you!


== Get Involved ==
== Get Involved ==

Revision as of 08:04, 15 September 2016

Use & Usability Best Practices & Guidelines working documents are organized in Open Science Framework and are stored in a shared Google Drive folder.

Current Projects

We are taking a multi-faceted approach to determining the best way to develop guidelines and best practices in user/usability studies. As this is a tremendous task, we encourage you to join in the effort, as clarity in this area will save us all a great deal of work, resources and confusion.

  • Areas currently under investigation include:*
    • Identifying users and user behavior**.

What are the methods used? What are the components of how that occurs? Are there measurable comparisons on how that's being handled? How do we determine the effectiveness of the methods in use?

    • Learnability.**

How is learnability being measured? What is the definition of learnability? What is the most effective method for assessment?

    • Accessibility.**

This is a relatively new area, and one which is legally mandated. Implementation outside the digital library community is fairly standardized, but we need research within the digital library community, and case studies on how accessibility is implemented in common digital library systems.

    • Usability**

What is the definition of usability, and what are its components? The [ISO 25000 series standards][1] provide clarity on several aspects of quality measurements for software. However, there are aspects of usability that are critical to digital libraries which are not covered in the standards, such as discoverability of content via web search engines. Determining what the critical aspects of usability are which are *not* covered via standards is the first step to developing guidelines for assessment.

There are many other aspects to usability and user studies, and we welcome others who would like to pursue them. Here is where we have shared working areas, and can provide open access for white papers and other results, with excellent visibility. If you would like to join us, please join the Google Group linked below and speak up about your interests.

Thank you!

Get Involved

The working group maintains a Google Drive folder, which contains meeting notes and drafts of working documents, and an Open Science Framework page to organize our documents and efforts.

If you have any questions, or are interested in participating in the working group, please contact Jody DeRidder or join our Google Group.

We are seeking broader participation!

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