Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-25575
Title: Evaluating the usability of a museum web site
Author(s): Harms, Ilse
Schweibenz, Werner
Language: English
Year of Publication: 2001
OPUS Source: Museums and the Web 2001: CD-ROM documenting the fifth International Conference held in Seattle, WA, March 14-17, 2001. - Pittsburgh, Penn. : Archives & Museum Informatics, 2001
SWD key words: Museum
Free key words: Bilddokumentation
usabilty engineering
web site usability
heuristic evaluation
user friendly museum Web pages
DDC notations: 020 Library and information sciences
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: The paper presents a research project conducted by the Department of Information Science in cooperation with the Saarland Museum, the art museum of the Federal State of Saarland, Germany. The study had two aims. The first was to evaluate some methods of usability engineering for the Web, and the second was to evaluate the usability of the Saarland Museum's Web site and improve it. The applied usability engineering methods were an expert-judgment-focused evaluation using heuristic evaluation with the Heuristics for Web Communication and a user-focused evaluation conducting a laboratory test with actual users and the thinking-aloud method. The combination of heuristic evaluation and laboratory testing provided interesting results. The heuristic evaluation detected a vast number of usability problems. The laboratory test confirmed most of these findings as usability problems and added some usability problems that experts did not discover because actual users often have a different perspective. The evaluation led to a re-design of the Web site.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-8643
Date of registration: 22-Mar-2007
Faculty: ZZ - Ehemalige Einrichtungen
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