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[ESF COST] MAUSE: Towards the Maturation of IT Usability Evaluation

The ultimate goal of MAUSE is to bring more science to bear on Usability Evaluation Methods (UEM) development, evaluation, and comparison, aiming for results that can be transferred to industry and educators, thus leading to increased competitiveness of European industry and benefit to the public. The main objective of the COST 294 is threefold:

- to deepen the understanding about the inherent strengths and weaknesses of individual Usability Evaluation Methods (UEMs);
- to identify reliable and valid methods to compare different UEMs in terms of their effectiveness, efficiency as well as scope of applicability;
- to develop efficacious strategies for extracting useful information from the results of UEMs to improve the system tested;

We are concerned with the systematically review of existing computational approaches and procedures for estimating certain key usability test parameters and traditionally defined usability quality metrics. Specifically, we aspire to develop alternative means to compute accurately the problem-discovery rate (p), inter-/intra- evaluator concordance as well as appropriate sample size of test participants, and to examine the relationships between internal, external and in-use metrics that pertain to usability with the use of sophisticated statistical models.



Mag. Claudia Maderthaner, MBA