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Title:Rethinking information behavior in the context of universal design
Author(s):Beyene, Wondwossen M.; Byström, Katriina
Subject(s):Universal design
Information behavior
Information services accessibility
Information systems accessibility
Human information interaction
Abstract:Universal design represents the idea of designing products and services to be accessible and usable to all, including to persons with disabilities. Its intent in the design of information systems could be understood as tackling user diversity, which relates it to part of studies in human information behavior. Both areas share concerns of users, context, and technology diversity in their respective undertakings. This conceptual paper analyzes the overlaps in the context of each research direction and highlights the challenges that need to be tackled so that their concerted efforts could enhance the design of accessible and usable information systems. It also attempts to reexamine the field of information behavior and explore its potential for providing much-needed “human input” to universal design endeavors which have been driven mainly by sets of guidelines and technical specifications.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Beyene, W. M., & Byström, K. (2017). Rethinking Information Behavior in the Context of Universal Design. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 216–226).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Wondwossen M. Beyene and Katriina Byström
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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