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      Handheld handholding: small-screen support for museum visitors

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2011) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2011)

      6 - 8 July 2011

      Handheld, mobile devices, museums, usability, interactive maps

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          Increasingly museums are developing information systems and guides to be accessed from small mobile devices. Some of these initiatives utilise proprietary hardware and software that can require substantial development resources. More recently museums have had the option to target personal mobile devices, (e.g. Apple iPhone or Google Android handsets) which potentially require a lower investment cost on the part of the institution. While the sophistication of these handheld devices means that a large volume of information can be stored and displayed, the challenge for museums is to provide usable access via the small screen area available. Taking examples from work done during the development of the British Museum multimedia guide, this paper discusses the processes and techniques available for usability testing in a ‘live’ museum environment and shows how the use of low-cost usability and user testing techniques can be quickly fed back into the development process, making a valuable contribution to the ultimate design and effectiveness of the user interface.

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              Contributors
              Conference
              July 2011
              July 2011
              : 11-16
              Affiliations
              London South Bank University

              Borough Road

              London, UK
              Cogapp

              Lees House

              Brighton, UK
              British Museum

              Great Russell St

              London, UK
              Article
              10.14236/ewic/EVA2011.4
              © Sarah McDaid et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2011), London, UK

              This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

              Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2011)
              EVA
              London, UK
              6 - 8 July 2011
              Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
              Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2011)
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              Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
              Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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              Electronic Workshops in Computing

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