Today's post over on my LiteratureGeek.com blog is "DH User Testing: What's Been Done? (Adding to a Growing List of Resources)". I'm not going to cross-post all of it here as it is footnote heavy, and my WP footnote formatting doesn't play nice with Drupal (on which this site is built)... but it's basically a curated list of research (DH and not) related to DH user testing, sorted by focus and field and including some comments on the state of digital evaluation. I haven't gotten my more recent researches into DH user testing into sharable shape yet, so I'd be happy to hear in the comments about any more recent (last three years) DH user studies (as well as interesting earlier work I've missed).
I've also been moving the DH user testing citations from my Zotero library into the impressive "Assessment and Evaluation" collection in the Zotero Digital Humanities library Dan Cohen started--that's another great resource to check out.
Here's to finding out more about the usage of our scholarly efforts!
“We have little empirical data about how these resources are being used… the general lack of knowledge about level and quality of use… has been identified as a pressing concern.”-
- Harley, D. et al. (2006). Use and Users of Digital Resources: A Focus on Undergraduate Education in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Center for Studies in Higher Education.