ARTstor Usability Evaluation

During Fall 2003, task-based usability testing was conducted of a new digital library featuring over 150,000 images of art, archaeology, architecture, and cultural objects. The purpose of the testing was to determine the ease of use of the library and how it might be changed to improve the novice user experience. The 30 test participants use digital images in research, teaching, or learning in the college, university, or museum sectors. Tasks performed by participants included searching for and viewing images and related data, consulting help, registering, saving images, and completing a post-session survey. Findings from the tasks and surveys completed by participants are presented in this paper, along with possible solutions to remedy difficulties the participants encountered.
Anderson, T., Gourley, J. & Harvey, K. (2004). ARTstor Usability Evaluation. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 213-220). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).