Introduction

The goal of this study is to offer recommendations for the redesign of the Centre for Subatomic Research (CSR) web site based on information architecture principles and to conduct usability testing of the web site through a series of one-on-one interviews. The following report is split into the following sections:

  1. Theoretical discussion of Information Architecture
  2. Challenges and discoveries of Usability testing at CSR
  3. Defining the CSR Web Site User
  4. User motivations and goals
  5. Defining the Mission of the CSR Site
  6. Interview Results
  7. Theoretical discussion of Usability
  8. Usability Testing
    • Paper Prototype
    • Card Sort
    • Interviews & Focus Groups
    • Study Design
    • Heuristic Evaluation
  9. Application of Information Architecture Principles to CSR Web site
    • Organizational Systems
    • Navigational Systems
    • Labeling
  10. Application of Controlled Vocabulary Principles to CSR Web site
    • General Site Vocabulary
    • Controlled Vocabulary
    • Thesauri
    • Types of Thesauri
    • Authority Files
    • Website Indexes
    • Back-of-Book Styles Indexes
    • Metadata
  11. Conclusion

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