Archive for the 'user experience' Category
The below slides outline the updates to Scopus released last weekend. While most of these changes have already been announced on the , this goes into a bit more detail on why the updates were made. It also mentions some of the smaller updates not yet announced and introduces some of what I feel to be the most interesting new SciVerse Applications for Scopus.
For two of the more interesting projects, I would like to go into more detail on the process and rationale behind the changes. One of the most noticeable changes is that the interface of the main panel of the Document Details (Abstract) page has been completely overhauled. The primary goal for this revamp was to improve the scanability and readability of the page.
We started with the user research already done for the Article of the Future and the new article page on ScienceDirect. From that foundation, our User-Centered Design group developed a prototype and conducted usability studies with researchers and librarians to determine which design elements transferred to Scopus. As part of this research, we gathered information on which parts of the page users scan for first. The implemented design then focused on optimizing the visual hierarchy, so that the most used information is more prominent. Fonts were also optimized throughout to make reading of abstracts and other elements easier.
The other most noticeable change is the replacement of the tabs from the Document search results pages. When enabled, these tabs would run a users search on Web and Patent content from Scirus. The new links instead display the results in SciVerse Hub. While all existing functionality remains, Hub offers a lot of advantages to the tab structure. Most importantly, Hub offers improved relevancy rankings and additional refine options. Hub also collapses multiple copies of the same document into a single record.
As part of this update, we now only display the links if results are available and display the results count in the link. Some readers may remember that this count used to be in the tabs, but was removed. Usage has since proven that display of this count is extremely important for users. The More tab has been replaced by a link to “Secondary documents” that works exactly the same as the tab. Our User-Centered Design group also developed a prototype and conducted usability studies to optimize these changes.
Hopefully the the above slides and description, help to give a full picture as to how the recent updates help improve the Scopus user experience. Please feel free to leave feedback on these changes in the comments.
- Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Encouraging Serendipity in Interactive Systems http://t.co/8Y4sRzR 2011-08-31
- International Workshop on Encouraging Serendipity in Interactive Systems http://t.co/jWUH3ks 2011-08-31
- Found on #SciVerse: Psychological factors behind incidental information acquisition http://t.co/K71OY77 2011-08-31
- Found on #SciVerse:Motivating serendipitous encounters in museum recommendations http://t.co/w71OFoB 2011-08-30
- Fulltext from conference of Motivating Serendipitous Encounters in
Museum Recommendations: 2011-08-30
- @rrecheve not Scopus view, most downloaded in ScienceDirect, nothing to do with Scopus. Scopus data not used at all in this listing. in reply to rrecheve 2011-08-26
This will make it a lot easier for government websites, library sites, etc. to improve the usability on their sites. One less excuse…
This student needs help conducting research on his Master’s Thesis on “Collaborative Indexing Systems”, i.e. tagging. Please take his 15 minute tagging “survey” if you get a chance. “Tobias Kowatsch, Student of Computer Science in Media at Hochschule Fu
BIGWIG got in trouble with LITA for not using enough LITA branding. However, I am joining LITA because of BIGWIG.
Karen Coombs’ response to Jason’s post and the LITA Letter. “But the truth is that the only way the system changes is if people participate and try to change it.”
A deeper discussion of ALA committees resulting.
A peak at Del.icio.us usability testing. Posted on Flickr of course.
Librarians on the front page of the NYT style section is a GOOD thing. Was it fluffy? Yes. Was it an overall positive portrayal? Yes. Most professions would be thankful for such coverage.
Article on usability professionals.
Brief research article on how closely social networking profiles (on Facebook) match actual personality traits. Replicates earlier findings on personal web pages. “But how accurate are the impressions based on OSNW profiles? Our previous research on pers
In my psych. of HCI seminar, we were talking about the effect of aesthetics on perceived usability. That made me think of an article that appeared in Arts & Letters Daily a while back that discussed studies about attractiveness in human-human interaction. Given that one of the other topics considered in the class is how people tend to treat computers as social agents, I wondered if it might be effective to look at traditional characteristics of human attractiveness for ideas when designing aesthetically interfaces. One of the main characteristics of attractiveness that I remembered from this paper is that of symmetry. When I brought this up as a measurable attribute of human attractiveness, my class found it rather amusing. Anyway, below is the link to the article:
I found this interesting when I first noticed it. It is similar to many of the studies I am reading for the psychology of HCI seminar I am taking this semester.
By Melanie Moran
Published: August 11, 2005
If your partner seems to be ignoring you after a flash of nudity on the television screen, it might not be his or her fault: A new psychological study finds that when people are shown violent or erotic images they frequently fail to process what they see immediately afterwards.