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This page provides an overview of 166 articles related to 'usability', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object. The object of use can be a software application, website, book, tool, machine, process, or anything a human interacts with. A usability study may be conducted as a primary job function by a usability analyst or as a secondary job function by designers, technical writers, marketing personnel, and others. It is widely used in consumer electronics, communication, and knowledge transfer objects (such as a cookbook, a document or online help) and mechanical objects such as a door handle or a hammer. Usability includes methods of measuring usability and the study of the principles behind an object's perceived efficiency or elegance. In human-computer interaction and computer science, usability studies the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site (web usability) is designed. Usability differs from user satisfaction insofar as the former also embraces usefulness. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Usability)

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Metadata related to 'usability' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'usability': 166 (9.5% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'usability' across all Ariadne articles: 467
  • Average number of references to 'usability' per Ariadne article: 2.81
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'usability': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'usability': 0.8 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'usability':

  1. lorraine paterson (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. boon low (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. chris awre (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. dana mckay (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. ruth wilson (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2002, issue30, news and events

Web Focus: Guidelines for URI Naming Policies

Brian Kelly with some guidelines For URI naming policies in his regular column.

April 2002, issue31, tooled up

Learning Objects and the Information Environment

Ian Dolphin and Paul Miller discuss the place of Learning Objects in the wider environment of learning.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

QA Focus

Marieke Napier on Quality Assurance procedures in the Jisc 5/99 Programme.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Web Focus: Report On The Sixth Institutional Web Management Workshop

Brian Kelly with a report on the Sixth Institutional International Web Management Workshop held this year at the University of Strathclyde.

July 2002, issue32, tooled up

UM.Sitemaker: Flexible Web Publishing for Academic Users

Jonathan Maybaum explains how UM.SiteMaker was designed to fill an important gap in the array of tools to suit academic publishing.

July 2002, issue32, tooled up

Student Searching Behaviour in the JISC Information Environment

Jill R. Griffiths and Peter Brophy report on work in progress and air some initial findings on the EDNER project, which undertakes evaluation of the developing JISC Information Environment.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

Digital Libraries in China

Liz Lyon reports on the International Digital Library Conference held in Beijing in July 2002.

October 2002, issue33, event report

Public Libraries: Creating Websites for E-citizens -The Public Library Web Managers Workshop 2002

Penny Garrod reports on the Public Library Web Managers workshop, November 2002, held in Bath.

January 2003, issue34, event report

Apart from the Weather, I Think It’s a Good Idea: Stakeholder Requirements for Institutional Portals

Liz Pearce takes a look at recent research from the PORTAL Project, which asked over 600 users what they might want from an institutional portal.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

Just a Distraction?: External Content in Institutional Portals

Ruth Martin and Liz Pearce reflect on stakeholders' views of external resources within institutional portals and highlight the findings of recent PORTAL Project research.

July 2003, issue36, feature article

The 7th Institutional Web Management Workshop

Catherine Ewart gives us her view of IWMW 2003, University of Kent, June 2003.

July 2003, issue36, event report

Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

July 2003, issue36, news and events

Book Review: Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Volume 36

Michael Day takes a detailed look at the structure and content of this hardy annual.

July 2003, issue36, review

Review: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Philip Hunter reviews a CD-ROM edition of one of William Blake's most famous works.

July 2003, issue36, review

Experiences of Harvesting Web Resources in Engineering Using Automatic Classification

Kjell Jansson, Jessica Lindholm and Tomas Schoenthal describe the work in setting up a Web index that uses automatic classification as a means for the selection of resources.

October 2003, issue37, feature article

ECDL-2003 Web Archiving

Michael Day reports on the 3rd ECDL Workshop on Web Archives held in Trondheim, August 2003.

October 2003, issue37, event report

The JISC 5/99 Programme: What's in a Number?

Rachel Bruce and Balviar Notay give an overview of the outputs and influences of the JISC 5/99 Learning and Teaching and Infrastructure Programme.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

Improving the Quality of Metadata in Eprint Archives

Marieke Guy, Andy Powell and Michael Day address the argument that the quality of service to end-users is markedly influenced by the quality of metadata being produced and provide suggestions.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

WebWatch: How Accessible Are Australian University Web Sites?

Dey Alexander reports on a recent study of the accessibility of Australian university Web sites.

January 2004, issue38, regular column

Developing and Publicising a Workable Accessibility Strategy

Lawrie Phipps, Sue Harrison, David Sloan and Betty Willder look at the increasing need for developers of institutional and educational Web sites to develop and follow a strategy for ensuring optimal accessibility of online content.

January 2004, issue38, tooled up

The OpenURL and OpenURL Framework: Demystifying Link Resolution

Ann Apps reports on a conference about current and future uses of the proposed OpenURL Framework Standard Z39.88-2004.

January 2004, issue38, tooled up

Towards a User-Centred Approach to Digital Libraries

Ken Eason reports on the five themes in the Digilib Conference, Espoo, Finland.

January 2004, issue38, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2004, issue38, news and events

Seeing Is Believing: The JISC Information Environment Presentation Programme

Chris Awre reviews the JISC Information Environment Presentation Programme and offers an insight to the outcomes of recent studies.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

News from BIOME

Jenny Hall reports on recent news from BIOME, the Health and Life Sciences hub of the Resource Discovery Network.

April 2004, issue39, regular column

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2004, issue39, news and events

Editorial Introduction to Issue 40: Horses for Courses

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 40.

July 2004, issue40, editorial

Planet-SOSIG

This month Neil Jacobs introduces a new book for information professionals in the social sciences and Heta Virnes describes her experience of running virtual helpdesks for SOSIG.

July 2004, issue40, regular column

WebWatch: Testing Web Page Design Concepts for Usability

Dey Alexander and Derek Brown demonstrate how the layout of a Web page has a direct influence upon users' capacity and willingness to engage with a Web site.

July 2004, issue40, tooled up

Book Review: Managing Your Internet & Intranet Services

David Hook sees this edition as a useful overview but finds unfortunate omissions as well as beneficial inclusions.

July 2004, issue40, review

Book Review: Developing Web-based Instruction

Lyn Parker finds this compilation a useful overview of the issues involved in developing e-learning and a valuable addition to the literature.

July 2004, issue40, review

Planet-SOSIG

Angela Joyce shares her personal impressions from the recent European Digital Libraries Conference in Bath; Emma Place introduces a new seminar series to support online information seeking in the social sciences.

October 2004, issue41, regular column

ECDL 2004: A Digital Librarian's Report

Jessie Hey reports on the 8th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries held at the University of Bath in September 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2004

Tracey Stanley reports on the 8th Institutional Web Management Workshop at the University of Birmingham over 27-29 July. The theme of this year's workshop was Transforming the Organisation.

October 2004, issue41, event report

Book Review: Libraries Without Walls 5

David Parkes reviews the fifth compilation of the biennial Library Without Walls Conference. He finds how far we have come and how far we have to go in delivering services to distributed learners.

October 2004, issue41, review

Book Review: Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age

Chris Awre finds a useful if limited introduction for those coming new to the field of information representation and retrieval, but is unconvinced by its overall coverage and depth.

October 2004, issue41, review

Opening Up OpenURLs with Autodiscovery

Daniel Chudnov, Richard Cameron, Jeremy Frumkin, Ross Singer and Raymond Yee demonstrate a 'gather locally, share globally' approach to OpenURLs and metadata autodiscovery in scholarly and non-scholarly environments.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

10th CETIS-TechDis Accessibility Special Interest Group Meeting

Ann Chapman reports on a one-day meeting that focused among other things on accessibility in virtual learning environments and personal learning profiles.

April 2005, issue43, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2005, issue43, news and events

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