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This page provides an overview of 165 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': 165 (9.5% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'usability' across all Ariadne articles: 466
  • Average number of references to 'usability' per Ariadne article: 2.82
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'usability': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'usability': 48 (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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Book Review: The New Digital Scholar - Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students

Julia Robinson reviews a substantial and timely collection of essays related to the research and writing practices of NextGen students. Expressing a call for change in the way educators approach Information Literacy teaching, this book invites the reader to redefine, re-evaluate and reflect on what we think we know about students’ research practices today.

July 2013, issue71, review

Book Review: Crisis Information Management

Emma Tonkin offers a review of a thought-provoking overview of crisis informatics.

July 2013, issue71, review

Bring Your Own Policy: Why Accessibility Standards Need to Be Contextually Sensitive

Brian Kelly, Jonathan Hassell, David Sloan, Dominik Lukeš, E A Draffan and Sarah Lewthwaite argue that rather than having a universal standard for Web accessibility, standardisation of Web accessibility practices and policies needs to be sufficiently flexible to cater for the local context.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

The Tablet Symposium

Ryan Burns reports on a one-day symposium on tablet computers, e-readers and other new media objects held at the University of Sussex on 10 April 2013.

July 2013, issue71, event report

LinkedUp: Linking Open Data for Education

Marieke Guy, Mathieu d’Aquin, Stefan Dietze, Hendrik Drachsler, Eelco Herder and Elisabetta Parodi describe the activities carried out by the LinkedUp Project looking at the promotion of open data in education.

March 2014, issue72, feature article

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