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Computing metaphors have become an integral part of information systems design, yet they are deeply rooted in cultural practices. This paper presents an investigation of the cross-cultural use and usability of such metaphors by studying the library metaphor of digital libraries in the cultural context of the Maori, the indigenous population of New Zealand.(More)
As current digital libraries are becoming more complex, the facilities provided by them will increase and the difficulty of learning associated with the complexity of using these facilities will also increase. In order to produce usable and useful interactive systems, designers need to ensure that good design features are incorporated into the systems,(More)
Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human(More)
Digital Libraries are evolving rapidly with the usage of Internet and WWW technologies. Since the digital libraries are running on the Internet and the users are from various psychological, educational and social backgrounds, the usage of digital libraries is varying from user to user which entail the need of best user interface. In order to design usable(More)
In this paper we address the integration of cultural and social factors of metaphors into cross-cultural interface design. We argue that there is an emerging need to look into the doctrine behind the metaphors being used based on the national culture of the target market rather than relying on existing " Western " theories. In other words if one needs to(More)