Elke Duncker

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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)
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)
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The massive use of technologies has spurred a new revolution in Interactive Information system. This research is being conducted to address the integration of cultural factors to enhance the reach of information access, which is caused by the ambiguity of cultural terminology. In this context, we study cultural differences in categorization and(More)
This research works towards the integration of cultural factors in global information systems like the Web or digital libraries to enhance global access to information and services. In this context, we study cultural differences in categorization and classification by means of card sorting experiments in combination with observations and interviews. An(More)