Art Historians' Use of Digital Images: a Usability Test of ARTstor

by Pask, A.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study is to investigate how art historians use images in their research and teaching and to evaluate the ARTstor image database by conducting a usability test. The content of ARTstor is made up of diverse collections of images that ARTstor has acquired through partnerships with museums, archives and universities. This study consitsted of interviews with 2 art history professors and a usability test of 5 participants. The interviews provided guidance for the creation of tasks which were used in the usability test. Overall, the participants were impressed with the content and quality of images in the database; however, the results of the usability test found problems with the interpretation of the icon functions and the Advanced Search field names and navigating the browsing feature. Recommendations are made for continued cooperation between art historians and ART in order to make ARTstor as useful as possible.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Stephanie W. Haas

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:art databases digital images human computer interaction pictures


Date of Publication:04/15/2005

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