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The Digital Library Integrated Task Environment (DLITE)

Cousins, Steve B. and Paepcke, Andreas and Winograd, Terry and Bier, Eric A. and Pier, Ken (1997) The Digital Library Integrated Task Environment (DLITE). Technical Report. Stanford InfoLab.




We describe a case study in the design of a user interface to a digital library. Our design stems from a vision of a library as a channel to the vast array of digital information and doc ument services that are becoming available. Based on pub lished studies of library use and on scenarios, we developed a metaphor called workcenters, which are customized for users' tasks. Due to our scenarios and to prior work in the CHI community, we chose a direct-manipulation realization of the metaphor. Our system, called DLITE, is designed to make it easy for users to interact with many different ser vices while focusing on a task. Users have reacted favorably to the interface design in pilot testing, but a problem sur faced: we need a mechanism to teach new users about the metaphor and interface. We conclude by describing our approaches to this problem.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Additional Information:Previous number = SIDL-WP-1996-0049
Subjects:Computer Science > Digital Libraries
Projects:Digital Libraries
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:284
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:28 Oct 2001 16:00
Last Modified:01 Jan 2009 12:42

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