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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)

Key statistics

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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Subject Repositories: European Collaboration in the International Context

Dave Puplett reports on the conference Subject Repositories: European Collaboration in the International Context held at the British Library in January 2010. The conference launched Economists Online (EO), an innovative economics subject repository.

January 2010, issue62, event report

Subject Portals

Judith Clark describes a three-year project to develop a set of subject portals as part of the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) development programme.

October 2001, issue29, feature article

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

Spinning a Semantic Web for Metadata: Developments in the IEMSR

Emma Tonkin and Alexey Strelnikov reflect on the experience of developing components for the Information Environment Metadata Schema Registry.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

Software Review: C4U

Andrew Cox and Simon McLean review this web-monitoring software.

October 2001, issue29, review

Serving Services in Web 2.0

Theo van Veen shows with the help of an example, how standardised descriptions of services can help users control the integration of services from different providers.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

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

Search Engines Corner: Moving Up the Ranks

Tracey Stanley looks at how search engines rank their results.

November 1997, issue12, regular column

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

Review: From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure

Michael Day reviews the book by Christine Borgman: From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure.

March 2001, issue27, review

Reading Van Gogh Online?

Peter Boot shows how log analysis can be employed to assess a site's usability, usage, and users, using the Van Gogh letter edition as an example.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

QMSearch: A Quality Metrics-aware Search Framework

Aaron Krowne and Urvashi Gadi present a framework which improves searching in the context of scholarly digital libraries by taking a 'quality metrics-aware' approach.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

QA Focus

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

July 2002, issue32, feature article

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

Progress Towards Addressing Digital Preservation Challenges

Helen Hockx-Yu reports on the 2nd Planets, CASPAR and DPE annual conference, held on 5-6 September 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal.

October 2007, issue53, event report

Preparing Students for a New Electronic Service

Preparing students for a new electronic service : Elizabeth Gadd outlines the approaches and experiences of Project ACORN in training and promoting their new electronic 'short-loan' collection.

May 1997, issue9, feature article

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

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

Personalization of Web Services: Opportunities and Challenges

Monica Bonett gives an overview of personalization on the World Wide Web and discusses ideas for development within resource discovery systems.

June 2001, issue28, feature article

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

Open Peer Review & Argumentation: Loosening the Paper Chains on Journals

Tamara Sumner and Simon Buckingham Shum of the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, describe the design and implementation of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education, and some of the issues behind the approach that this journal takes to the process of scholarly review.

September 1996, issue5, project update

Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

July 2003, issue36, news and events

Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2002, issue30, news and events

Newsline

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

October 2007, issue53, news and events

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 2010, issue63, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2010, issue62, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2009, issue59, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2007, issue51, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

October 2006, issue49, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

July 2005, issue44, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2005, issue43, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2004, issue39, news and events

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2004, issue38, news and events

MyMobileBristol

Mike Jones, Simon Price, Nikki Rogers and Damian Steer describe the rationale, aims and progress of MyMobileBristol, highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities that have arisen during the project.

July 2011, issue67, feature article

Moving Towards Interoperability: Experiences of the Archives Hub

Jane Stevenson and Bethan Ruddock describe the work that the Archives Hub team has been doing to promote the sharing of content.

April 2010, issue63, feature article

Moving Ariadne: Migrating and Enriching Content with Drupal

Thom Bunting explains some of the technology behind the migration of Ariadne (including more than 1600 articles from its back issues archive) onto a Drupal content management platform.

July 2012, issue69, tooled up

Mining the Archive: eBooks

Martin White looks through the Ariadne archive to track the development of ebooks.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

Metadata: Workshop in Luxembourg

Michael Day and Andy Stone report on the Third Metadata Workshop in Luxembourg.

June 1999, issue20, regular column

Metadata: Image Retrieval

Michael Day reports on combining content-based and metadata-based approaches.

March 1999, issue19, regular column

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