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An empirically-derived conceptual framework for designing usable and useful wireless mobile applications

Funding: 2004: $45,000
2005: $45,000
2006: $45,000

Project Member(s): Robertson, T.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2004

Summary: The technological challenges posed by mobile computing devices have taken priority over the issues of appropriate use and usability that will ultimately determine their success in real work environments. This project investigates these issues, particularly the role played by the context of use in the usability and usefulness of mobile applications. The project's aims will be realised through ethnographic studies of mobile work practice, representative use scenarios and the development of an empirically grounded conceptual framework that can guide the design of usable mobile applications. The results will increase the successful utilisation of mobile technology by Australian industries.

Keywords: Human Computer Interaction Usability User Centred Systems Design Ethnographic Studies of Work Practice Context Awareness

FOR Codes: Computer-Human Interaction, Information Systems Development Methodologies, Anthropology not elsewhere classified, Technological and organisational innovation, Changing work patterns, Employment Patterns and Change