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The PRET A Rapporter framework: Evaluating digital libraries from the perspective of information work

The PRET A Rapporter framework: Evaluating digital libraries from the perspective of information work,10.1016/j.ipm.2007.01.021,Information Processing

The PRET A Rapporter framework: Evaluating digital libraries from the perspective of information work   (Citations: 9)
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The strongest tradition of IR systems evaluation has focused on system effectiveness; more recently, there has been a growing interest in evaluation of Interactive IR systems, balancing system and user-oriented evaluation criteria. In this paper we shift the focus to considering how IR systems, and particularly digital libraries, can be evaluated to assess (and improve) their fit with users' broader work activities. Taking this focus, we answer a different set of evaluation ques- tions that reveal more about the design of interfaces, user-system interactions and how systems may be deployed in the information working context. The planning and conduct of such evaluation studies share some features with the estab- lished methods for conducting IR evaluation studies, but come with a shift in emphasis; for example, a greater range of ethical considerations may be pertinent. We present the PRET A Rapporter framework for structuring user-centred eval- uation studies and illustrate its application to three evaluation studies of digital library systems. 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Journal: Information Processing and Management - IPM , vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 4-21, 2008
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    • ...In this paper, we discuss and reflect on the methodology employed in a study of 22 practicing lawyers working in the London office of a multinational law firm, who were asked to think-aloud whilst using one or more digital libraries to ‘find information currently or recently needed for [their] work.’ Our discussion is framed around Blandford et al.’s ‘PRET A Rapporter’ (‘ready to report’) framework [3] – a framework that can be used to ...
    • ...The PRET A Rapporter framework (PRETAR) [3] can be used to both discuss and reflect on a broad range of methodological decisions made when planning and conducting user-centred studies of interactive systems...
    • ...Blandford et al. [3] highlight it is good practice to inform participants of the purpose of the study and what will be done with the data...

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    • ...Formative evaluations are to inform future design activities, whereas summative evaluations provide a summary of design features (Blandford et al., 2008...

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