Traveling in Digital Archive World: Sightseeing Metaphor Framework for Enhancing User Experiences in Digital Libraries

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Abstract

Digital libraries are currently growing rapidly in number and size, covering various fields. However, despite the great deal of intellectual effort and large budgets necessary for their construction, digital libraries are often limited to use by specialists. We describe a framework that will attract more users to digital libraries through enhancing the presentation layers. We propose the guiding principle to such enhancement, the Sightseeing Metaphor Framework (SF), which is a structure based on user activities during sightseeing. We exemplify it in a Web-based regional information presentation system. The evaluation we did for an elementary school classroom revealed that the system created a better impression on the students compared to an existing presentation scheme.