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Verse Chorus Verse: Iterative Usability Studies for the IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana Project



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Verse Chorus Verse Iterative Usability Studies for the IN Harmony Sheet Music from Indiana Project Or How I spent too much time in Exc H ell Michelle Dalmau Interface Usability Specialist Indiana University Digital Library Program mdalmau indiana edu Talk Objectives Focus on the usability process methods for data gathering and analysis not findings Show that conducting usability studies can impact more than software development they impact the design of the metadata model and further usability studies Explore how methodologies fit in the development cycle of a project Discuss the strengths and weakness of the methods to be summarized 12 14 2005 DLP Brown Bag Fall 2005 2 IN Harmony Project Background IMLS funded 3 year project to digitize 10 000 pieces of Indiana related sheet music Collaboration between Indiana State Library Indiana State Museum Indiana Historical Society and Indiana University Project deliverables include 12 14 2005 Creation of shared metadata model guidelines and sheet music cataloging tool year 1 2 Creation of shared digitization standards and image processing system year 1 Collection website year 2 3 DLP Brown Bag Fall 2005 3 Overview of the Usability Studies Website Server Query Logs Analysis Card Sort Email Content Analysis 12 14 2005 DLP Brown Bag Fall 2005 4 Website Server Logs Analysis Introduction Server logs provide details about file requests to a server and the server response to those requests Transaction Logs often processed by server side software such as Apache s Webalyzer Query Logs often custom logging of queries using technologies like Java s log4j Focus on page hits referrers hostname browser type querystring capture etc Focus on discovery patterns browse links search terms entered in simple v advanced search pages etc Used to monitor on going website usage and inform design changes depending on patterns uncovered 12 14 2005 DLP Brown Bag Fall 2005 5 Logs Analysis Purpose of Study General Need to design a metadata model and in



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