User Categories for Digital Cultural Heritage

David Walsh, Paul Clough, Jonathan Foster

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Increasingly information systems and services are being tailored to the needs of individuals and groups through the use of user-centred design techniques. In this paper we consider the ways in which the users of digital cultural heritage have been previously characterised and grouped. Despite recognising the importance of adopting user-centred techniques, there appears to be little prior work that has compared user groupings across user studies. Through a preliminary review of previous literature we compare ways in which users have been categorised and provide points for open discussion. The dimensions of domain knowledge, technical experience and motivation provide a way of distinguishing previously identified groups. We believe discussions about user categories and models is warranted and will help in the future design of digital cultural heritage services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNot Known
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2016
EventFirst International Workshop on Accessing Cultural Heritage at Scale - Newark, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 2016 → …


WorkshopFirst International Workshop on Accessing Cultural Heritage at Scale
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period22/06/16 → …


  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • User Modelling
  • User Studies


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