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USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap
USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap
USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap
USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap
USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap
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USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap

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  • 1. USeD - Usability Service enhancements to Digimap
    An Introduction
    Addy Pope 2011
  • 2. What is USeD
    USeD aims to improve the usability and learnability of a widely used research tool that provides access to valuable geospatial research data – specifically the data download of Ordnance Survey data from the JISC funded Digimap service.
  • 3. What
    1
    2
    Define area
    3
    Pick data tiles
    4
    Select 1 data product
    from a choice of 16
    Stats:
    • 48,000+ Digimap users
    • 4. 74,000 data requests*
    • 5. 1,000,000 data tiles served*
    * Based on Jan 2010 – Jan 2011
    Define delivery format
  • 6. Why
    Issues with the existing system include:
    • current interface infers familiarity with OS products
    • 7. cannot download more than one dataset at a time
    • 8. cannot save user preferences
    • 9. focused on data delivery issues rather than user requirements
    • 10. fails to address differences in users spatial literacy.
    “I find it a bit complicated” –
    Engineering postgraduate
    “Too hard to use” –
    Geography and Environment
    student
    “Really like the system but find
    it hard to navigate around” –
    Architecture postgraduate
  • 11. How
    • Investigate current use of service and extract a number of typical user personas
    • 12. Use personas to design enhanced interface and work flow process
    • 13. Run user testing on new interface (iterative)
    • 14. Feed output of project into the Digimap data downloader
    Personas:
    • Should describe the main user groups from beginner to expert
    • 15. Persona profiling based on:
    • 16. User engagement / User interface analysis
    • 17. Existing download database logs
  • Team
    • Project Manager
    • 18. Usability Expert
    • 19. GIS analyst
    • 20. Software Developers
    Project blog: http://used.blogs.edina.ac.uk/

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