Supporting the research process through an interactive and multi-environment system: design and usability evaluation

Montero García, Hebert (2016). Supporting the research process through an interactive and multi-environment system: design and usability evaluation. Thesis (Master thesis), E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM).

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Title: Supporting the research process through an interactive and multi-environment system: design and usability evaluation
Author/s:
  • Montero García, Hebert
Contributor/s:
  • Moral Martos, Cristian
Item Type: Thesis (Master thesis)
Masters title: Ingeniería del Software
Date: July 2016
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The rise of the mobile era, and later of the multi-platform systems and ubiquitous computing has brought the opportunity for people to have access to information from anywhere, and also a lot of complex and interesting challenges to the way people manage their information needs and practices, and the visualization of content. The quick pace at which this area moves forward has allowed to create a great amount of systems that nowadays assist all sorts of users in their affairs. Nevertheless, academics and researchers currently keep struggling with daily research and information-seeking related tasks, like keeping track of the version of documents, managing large documentation repositories, tracing references to sources, and searching for quotes in their bibliography, just to name a few. Plus, they claim to often find themselves having the tools that assist them in this activities scattered in different workspaces, which makes it harder for them to be productive in their work. Even though there have been important advances in the field of Human-Computer Interaction regarding multi-environment systems, and that there are already usability good practices available for this, there is still a need for a tool that integrates all the features that academics need to do their research job. The purpose of this work was to develop and assess the usability of a multiplatform design solution, following a User-Centered Design approach, that effectively assists academics in the execution of their research tasks, and brings them closer to accomplish their goals, in the long run. To achieve this purpose, a high fidelity prototype was developed and subjected to a usability evaluation. The results of the evaluation show that the solution was well received among the participants, in general. Most participants said to have had a good experience when interacting with it and stated that the approach contributed to improve the research process of academics. The prototype evaluated fairly good in all the tested aspects of usability, like attraction, transparency, efficiency, control, stimulation, as well as other user experience aspects, like affinity, simplicity, connectivity, consistency, learnability and security. Nevertheless, the solution was merely a first approximation and had also several flaws, that were systematically recorded and reported in a usability issues list, at the time of the evaluation results analysis, that served as a great input, later on, to put together a list of recommendations to be implemented in future design iterations.

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Item ID: 42958
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/42958/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:42958
Deposited by: Biblioteca Facultad de Informatica
Deposited on: 21 Jul 2016 05:33
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 09:06
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