A User-Centric Evaluation of the Europeana Digital Library

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6102)


Usability of digital libraries is an essential factor for the user attraction. Europeana, a digital library which is built around the idea to provide a single access point to the European cultural heritage, is paying special attention to the user needs and behaviour. This paper presents user-related outcomes addressing the dynamics of user perception from a study which involved focus groups and media labs in four European countries. While Europeana was positively perceived by all groups in the beginning of the study, some groups were more critical after performing a task which involved eight types of searches. The study gathered opinions on the difficulties encountered which help to understand better users’ expectations within the content and functionality domains of digital libraries which would be of possible interest to all stakeholders in digital library projects.


Usability digital libraries Europeana 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR), Information Resources Directorate (IRD)University of StrathclydeGlasgowUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Information and Knowledge ManagementUniversity of Technology, SydneyBroadwayAustralia

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