IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2007: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2007 pp 239-242

Creators, Composers and Consumers: Experiences of Designing a Digital Library

  • Ann Blandford
  • Jeremy Gow
  • George Buchanan
  • Clare Warwick
  • Jon Rimmer
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-74796-3_23

Volume 4662 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Blandford A., Gow J., Buchanan G., Warwick C., Rimmer J. (2007) Creators, Composers and Consumers: Experiences of Designing a Digital Library. In: Baranauskas C., Palanque P., Abascal J., Barbosa S.D.J. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2007. INTERACT 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4662. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Many systems form ’chains’ whereby developers use one system (or ’tool’) to create another system, for use by other people. Little work within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has considered how usability considerations propagate through such chains and yet in many situations the usability of systems is determined by design decisions made at one or more steps removed from the immediate developers of the system in question. In this paper, we relate our experiences of developing digital library components and collections to this notion of ”design chains”. This case study illustrates the necessity of looking beyond the immediate users to try to anticipate the needs of stakeholders elsewhere in the design chain.

Keywords

digital librariessystem developmentdesign chains
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Blandford
    • 1
  • Jeremy Gow
    • 1
  • George Buchanan
    • 2
  • Clare Warwick
    • 3
  • Jon Rimmer
    • 3
  1. 1.UCL Interaction Centre, UCL, 31-32 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7DPU.K.
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science, Swansea University 
  3. 3.School of Library, Archive & Information Studies, UCL, London