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Chinese Papers 9: Information Service & Evaluation
Time: 25/Mar/2017: 10:30am-12:00pm · Location: Hubei 2
Digitizing Dunhuang Cultural Heritage: A User Evaluation of Mogao Cave Panorama Digital Library
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R. (China)
Mogao Caves, near the town of Dunhuang, have the world largest collection of Buddhist art, representing the unmatched value of non-moveable cultural heritage of China. With the fast development of digital technologies, murals and stove cave temples in Mogao Caves are being digitized and prototypes of digital platforms for presenting these heritages are being developed. The Digital Dunhuang project is initiated towards the goal of preserving and promoting access to the world treasure of Mogao Caves. The Mogao Cave Panorama Digital Library (Panorama DL) is one of the first steps that provide the public with access to high resolution digital photos of Mogao Caves. This study is a user evaluation on the usability of the Panorama DL, aiming to measure its effectiveness from the users' perspective and to propose suggestions for improvement. Usability tests were conducted with nine information seeking tasks designed for the Dunhuang heritage, followed by interviews soliciting in-depth opinions from participants. This study also provides methodological references for future evaluations of visually centric DLs of cultural heritages.
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