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Smartphone app as a museum guide. Testing the Open Art application with blind, deaf, and sighted users

Jankowska, A; Szarkowska, A; Krejtz, K; Fidyka, A; Kowalski, J; Wichrowski, M; (2017) Smartphone app as a museum guide. Testing the Open Art application with blind, deaf, and sighted users. Rivista internazionale di tecnica della traduzione , 19 pp. 113-130. 10.13137/2421-6763/17354. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we report on the results of a usability study on the Open Art mobile application conducted in a museum with blind, deaf and sighted/hearing people. The Open Art application was created following the principles of Universal Design to give all types of users the opportunity to use the app on equal terms. The main goal of the study reported here was to assess how the application is used in museum space. We tested 13 people: 1 blind, 5 partially sighted, 3 deaf and hard of hearing as well as 4 sighted/ hearing participants. The results show that the app was generally well received and that its use has a positive influence on museum visiting experience.

Type: Article
Title: Smartphone app as a museum guide. Testing the Open Art application with blind, deaf, and sighted users
Location: Italy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.13137/2421-6763/17354
Publisher version: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/8791
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Keywords: OpenArt, museum app, accessibility, usability, deaf, blind, universal design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042583
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