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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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What Happens If I Click on This?': Experiences of the Archives Hub

Jane Stevenson describes the results of usability testing for the Archives Hub Web site.

October 2008, issue57, feature article

What Is an Open Repository?

Julie Allinson, Jessie Hey, Chris Awre and Mahendra Mahey report on the Open Repositories 2007 conference, held in San Antonio, Texas between 23-26 January 2007.

April 2007, issue51, event report

What's Good and Bad about BUBL

Traugott Koch reviews the Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL).

January 1996, issue1, feature article

Why Are Users So Useful? User Engagement and the Experience of the JISC Digitisation Programme

Paola Marchionni discusses the importance of user engagement in the creation of digitised scholarly resources with case studies from the JISC Digitisation Programme.

October 2009, issue61, feature article

Wikido: Exploiting the Potential of Wikis

Marieke Guy reports on a one-day workshop, held in Birmingham in November 2006, which took a closer look at the potential of Wikis for educational institutions.

January 2007, issue50, event report

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