Getting Ready for Session #6 (September 16, 1996)
Joyce, B.R., & Joyce, E.A. (1970). The creation of information systems for children. Interchange, 1(2), 1-12.
For me this is one of the most influential pieces that I have read over the years as it got me thinking about the connections between information systems and their users in ways that had not occurred to me before. This research report looks at the design of an educational information system pertaining to the Pueblo culture of the Southwest US. As you read the article, look in particular at the design principles (a la organizing information) that underlay the research. Think about the use of these principles in this particular report and the possibility of their broader applicability. Consider how user testing is employed in the redesign of the initial classification scheme.
Keister, Lucinda H. (1994). User types and queries: Impact on image access systems. In: Fidel, R. et al. (Eds.), Challenges in Indexing Electronic Texts and Images (pp. 7-22), Medford, NJ: Learned Information for the American Society for Information Science.
This selection looks at some of the issues that come up in making a collection of images accessible to people.
Solomon, Paul. (1992). User-based methods for classification development. Advances in Classification Research, 2, 163-170.
This article provides two examples of empirical research on information system use and information behavior and their applicability to classification development.
Burns, Christopher. (1991). Three Mile Island: The Information Meltdown (Ch. 3). In: F.W. Horton & D. Lewis, Great Information Disasters, London: Aslib.
This selection describes the Three Mile Island nuclear power disaster from an information perspective.
Note: There are a number of sites on the WEB with more current information on nuclear power. For instance, http://www.seattletimes.com/trinity/articles/part3.html provides a glimpse of a control room in current use.
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