Agile Assessment of the Aquifer American Social History Online

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Published on December 14, 2007

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description and outcome of 8 week agile user assessment of the draft portal and what's next

SUSAN HARUM NOVEMBER 6, 2007 Agile Assessment for Aquifer American Social History Online http://www.dlfaquifer.org

Why Agile? Experimental – small development team, distributed environment Facilitate feedback for the iterative development process of the portal Allow users to drive the development of the portal Focus on the user's goals and not the attributes of the software Large verbal component - frequent conversations for more effective communication.

Experimental – small development team, distributed environment

Facilitate feedback for the iterative development process of the portal

Allow users to drive the development of the portal

Focus on the user's goals and not the attributes of the software

Large verbal component - frequent conversations for more effective communication.

Methodology August 29 – November 2 (8 weeks) Questions for participants drafted by the SWG Group conference call on August 27th, 2007, including system architect and developer 3 additional individual phone interviews Questions regarding search and find, identify, obtain, manage and use, and user workflow Began assessment with: Draft of portal based on site at UM Common Business Functions by SWG

August 29 – November 2 (8 weeks)

Questions for participants drafted by the SWG

Group conference call on August 27th, 2007, including system architect and developer

3 additional individual phone interviews

Questions regarding search and find, identify, obtain, manage and use, and user workflow

Began assessment with:

Draft of portal based on site at UM

Common Business Functions by SWG

Target Audience 8 participants 1 faculty 3 graduate students 4 librarians Recruited by members of the Services Working group Librarians as user proxies

8 participants

1 faculty

3 graduate students

4 librarians

Recruited by members of the Services Working group

Librarians as user proxies

Initial Brainstorming call Question users about the workflow of their research Developers present to hear what participants say Developers able to prioritize next tasks immediately after the call

Question users about the workflow of their research

Developers present to hear what participants say

Developers able to prioritize next tasks immediately after the call

“ A site that seems to increase my chances of coming across things is good--there might be things there that lead me in a new direction.” Need to see size and scale of collection to determine how much time to spend searching and browsing - Implementation of collection registry and “browse collections” feature. Need ability to limit a search (once you have results) in many ways Implementation of additional ways to limit after initial search Implementation of date range limiting Importance of ability to browse Implementation of subject clouds for browsing – still working on faceting for additional browsing Importance of visual aids, especially for undergraduate students Implementation of timeline view for results Need for information for both about and creation of an object Feedback to MWG

Need to see size and scale of collection to determine how much time to spend searching and browsing -

Implementation of collection registry and “browse collections” feature.

Need ability to limit a search (once you have results) in many ways

Implementation of additional ways to limit after initial search

Implementation of date range limiting

Importance of ability to browse

Implementation of subject clouds for browsing – still working on faceting for additional browsing

Importance of visual aids, especially for undergraduate students

Implementation of timeline view for results

Need for information for both about and creation of an object

Feedback to MWG

Browsing and Searching Dates - How best to interpret? Groupings by era or groupings by decade? Topic - How important is the ability to browse and winnow by topic vs. applying keyword limits? Subject - Persons and Organizations, Geographic Coverage, Temporal Coverage, Genre Genre - is browsing and winnowing by genre necessary if there is a choice for Type of Resource? Previews - what type of previews preferred for things that aren't images?

Dates - How best to interpret? Groupings by era or groupings by decade?

Topic - How important is the ability to browse and winnow by topic vs. applying keyword limits?

Subject - Persons and Organizations, Geographic Coverage, Temporal Coverage, Genre

Genre - is browsing and winnowing by genre necessary if there is a choice for Type of Resource?

Previews - what type of previews preferred for things that aren't images?

“ Wouldn't have known I would have wanted a breakdown by decades until I saw the breakdown. I see that there's a flurry of activity for this decade.” Dates – Took the feedback from participants to SWG and MWG Use of CDL date normalization utility based on TEMPER recommendations Eras definitely out Previews Implementation of Thumbgrabber to provide more thumbnails of non-image items Implementation of both “list” and “grid” views for results Genre Implementation of genre as option for limiting

Dates – Took the feedback from participants to SWG and MWG

Use of CDL date normalization utility based on TEMPER recommendations

Eras definitely out

Previews

Implementation of Thumbgrabber to provide more thumbnails of non-image items

Implementation of both “list” and “grid” views for results

Genre

Implementation of genre as option for limiting

Sorting and Narrowing, Full Record Results, Social Networking and Tagging Sorting and Narrowing Full Record Results Social Networking and Tagging Information Storage Preferences (local or remote) Sharing search strategies

Sorting and Narrowing

Full Record Results

Social Networking and Tagging

Information Storage Preferences (local or remote)

Sharing search strategies

“ My colleagues and I use Zotero all the time ....Refworks is in a world of trouble.” Limiting Search Results Feedback to Chick that users want to “drill down” in the search (continue to narrow using different limiters) Full Record Results Normalization of collection names Feedback to MWG of the importance of access condition and locator for using items in publications Social Networking and Tagging Implementation of StumbleIt for full records Sorting and Narrowing Implementation of more options to limit Feedback to SWG and MWG to begin planning on implementation of faceting browsing

Limiting Search Results

Feedback to Chick that users want to “drill down” in the search (continue to narrow using different limiters)

Full Record Results

Normalization of collection names

Feedback to MWG of the importance of access condition and locator for using items in publications

Social Networking and Tagging

Implementation of StumbleIt for full records

Sorting and Narrowing

Implementation of more options to limit

Feedback to SWG and MWG to begin planning on implementation of faceting browsing

Zotero continued, Topical browsing continued… Controlled vocabulary for browsing? Zotero – Firefox limitation Zotero add to appeal of AASHO site? Your feedback influence design?

Controlled vocabulary for browsing?

Zotero – Firefox limitation

Zotero add to appeal of AASHO site?

Your feedback influence design?

“ I like using my own terms and narrowing the search myself” Controlled vocabulary for browsing? SWG and MWG will help with development of faceting browsing Your feedback influence design? Buy in from participants

Controlled vocabulary for browsing?

SWG and MWG will help with development of faceting browsing

Your feedback influence design?

Buy in from participants

What Was Learned Agile Assessment drove the prioritization of tasks Multiple phone interviews and email updates resulted in buy in for participants Brainstorming session for distributed group not as effective as personal interviews Next time…… Mix personal interviews with on-site observations, brief surveys, etc. Invite more graduate students to participate Shorter, more frequent interviews if possible

Agile Assessment drove the prioritization of tasks

Multiple phone interviews and email updates resulted in buy in for participants

Brainstorming session for distributed group not as effective as personal interviews

Next time……

Mix personal interviews with on-site observations, brief surveys, etc.

Invite more graduate students to participate

Shorter, more frequent interviews if possible

Next in Assessment….. SWG currently planning for 2008 formal assessment of: AASHO portal Zotero implementation Sakai implementation Meta-search implementation Google implementation

SWG currently planning for 2008 formal

assessment of:

AASHO portal

Zotero implementation

Sakai implementation

Meta-search implementation

Google implementation

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