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Usability of Digital Repository Software: A Study of DSpace Installation and Configuration

Körber, Nils and Hussein Suleman (2008) Usability of Digital Repository Software: A Study of DSpace Installation and Configuration. In Proceedings International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, Bali, Indonesia.

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Abstract. Usability of the installation and configuration of digital repository software is a key factor for the implementation of digital repositories. Many universities, laboratories and companies want to place their collections online but the installation and configuration processes of digital repositories are sometimes time-consuming and unnecessarily complicated. This paper describes efforts to highlight usability issues while setting up and configuring DSpace. The focus of three studies that were performed was not end-user usability but usability of the administrative functionality. User evaluations performed on a recent version of DSpace were followed by participatory design of a tool to increase usability by abstracting away the lower-level details. Users agreed that such a tool would be suitably usable. Thus it was found that significant usability problems exist, but these problems may in fact be easily addressed.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:digital libraries, dspace, usability, interface design, installation, administration
ID Code:492
Deposited By:Körber, NK
Deposited On:22 October 2008