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EPSRC Reference: GR/M81748/02
Title: INTERACTION MODELLING FOR THE DESIGN OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES
Principal Investigator: Blandford, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Thimbleby, Professor H
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Department: Computer Science
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2002 Ends: 31 March 2003 Value (£): 63,163
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Human-Computer Interactions Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Creative Industries
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The proposed work is based on two premises: that there is a need for approaches to design and evaluation that accommodate a broad range of concerns, and that digital libraries provide a good test domain for such approaches. Existing libraries provide the core essential functionality: they are structured repositories of multimedia documents, and document can be added and retrieved. However, the quality of the interaction depends on such systems also satisfying a range of non-functional requirements that relate to usability. The focus of this project is on extending and testing an Interaction Framework (IF) that defines such requirements. IF provides a way of describing and reasoning about processes within a multi-agent interaction. It explicitly takes a high-level view, and draws on more focused approaches as needed. In this way, it is designed to integrate user, device and domain considerations.The aims of the work are to achieve a better understanding of the design of digital libraries from a usability perspective, to extend the scope of IF, and to apply IF in the design of the interface to a digital library so that its utility can be assessed.
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