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Title:Exploring the Benefits for Users of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections: Benchmark case studies of two digital library websites
Author(s):Zavala, Melina; Kinnaman, Alex; Jett, Jacob; Cole, Timothy W.
Subject(s):linked open data
digitized special collections
user testing
Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design
Kolb-Proust Archive for Research
user interfaces
Abstract:This report presents the results from a pair of case studies conducted as part of the Exploring the benefits for users of Linked Open Data for digitized special collections project. Each case study was produced from a series of interviews with users of digital special collections. The case studies compare the Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design1 (Motley) to the Harvard Theatre Collection2 and the Kolb-Proust Archive for Research3 (KPA) to the Bovary Manuscript Archive4 respectively. Each of the users was a volunteer and was asked to compare to digital collection websites to one another during the course of completing a series of user tasks which included assessing the overall layout and utility of each digital collection’s interface, searching for a specific resource, and characterizing how they might employ the collections in their research.
Issue Date:2017-03
Genre:Technical Report
Working / Discussion Paper
Sponsor:Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Award No. 31500650
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-06

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