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Publication date: 14 August 2009

Jutta Treviranus

The purpose of this paper is to chronicle new user experience (UX) design approaches being pioneered in an international, multi‐institution, multi‐sector, cross‐project initiative

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to chronicle new user experience (UX) design approaches being pioneered in an international, multi‐institution, multi‐sector, cross‐project initiative called the Fluid Project, covering the strengths and shortcomings of these approaches and the lessons learned about design and development in distributed communities.

Design/methodology/approach

Open source and community source software development projects have not fulfilled their promise of innovation and natively optimized tools and applications in large part due to a lack of integrated UX design and development processes. Fluid has developed a UX approach that aims to address the need to accommodate the huge diversity of users and contexts in academic communities as well as the critical need to improve the user experience.

Findings

It has been found that the Fluid approach challenges common or traditional notions integral to teaching in higher education, software design, user interaction design methods, usability research and accessibility strategies. It proposes greater individual control over the UX than most users may be ready to assume despite obvious benefits. An unexpected UX challenge is creating tools and applications that prompt and support users in configuring their systems to their personal needs and contexts.

Originality/value

Fluid has designed and prototyped new UX design methods, pedagogical practices, and usability and accessibility approaches to suit the context of distributed academic communities and open source development, while at the same time producing a UX system of benefit to the mashup or integration of any set of disparate tools.

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On the Horizon, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Publication date: 14 August 2009

Michael Feldstein

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On the Horizon, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Publication date: 1 December 2001

Ruth Wilson

This paper discusses the accessibility issues surrounding electronic books, focusing on the opportunities and potential dangers of this new technology, relevant emerging…

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This paper discusses the accessibility issues surrounding electronic books, focusing on the opportunities and potential dangers of this new technology, relevant emerging standards, and commercial products that aim to make ebooks accessible to readers with disabilities and learning difficulties.

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VINE, vol. 31 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Publication date: 1 February 2001

Rayette Wilder

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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