Art in Rich-Prospect: Evaluating Next-Generation User Interfaces for Cultural Heritage

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Christopher Morse, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Vincent Koenig, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Carine Lallemand, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, Lars WIENEKE, University of Luxembourg, C2DH, Luxembourg

The present study reports on the user experience (UX) of rich-prospect browsing, an emerging interface design trend for digital cultural heritage. Building on research that suggests online museum collections are used only infrequently by the general public, this study investigates the role of next-generation user interfaces in the design of optimal browsing experiences. Moreover, it describes the results of user testing for three different arts and culture collections that make use of rich-prospect. The study recruited 30 participants of varying ages, nationalities, and museum visiting habits to discuss their museum experiences and test three different applications: Coins, Curator Table, and Museum of the World. The results of the study provide insights into the user experience of a new browsing medium and reveal the information-seeking habits and patterns that occurred within these information environments. Moreover, the study isolated the core features of rich-prospect in order to define opportunities and pain points during the browsing experience and indicated which features in particular are most important to people during the browsing experience. Finally, we suggest some best practices going forward in the design of rich-prospect.

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