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Understanding file access mechanisms for embedded Ubicomp collaboration interfaces


Collins, A and Bezerianos, A and McEwan, G and Rittenbruch, M and Wasinger, R and Kay, J, Understanding file access mechanisms for embedded Ubicomp collaboration interfaces, Proceedings of Proc. of the 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), 30 September-3 October 2009, Orlando, USA, pp. 135-144. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2009 ACM

DOI: doi:10.1145/1620545.1620567


This paper explores the nature of interfaces to support people in accessing their files at tabletop displays embedded in the environment. To do this, we designed a study comparing people’s interaction with two very different classes of file system access interface: Focus, explicitly designed for tabletops, and the familiar hierarchical Windows Explorer. In our within-subjects double-crossover study, participants collaborated on 4 planning tasks. Based on video, logs, questionnaires and interviews, we conclude that both classes of interface have a place. Notably, Focus contributed to improved collaboration and more efficient use of the workspace than with Explorer. Our results inform a set of recommendations for future interfaces enabling this important class of interaction— supporting access to files for collaboration at tabletop devices embedded in an ubicomp environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Tabletop interface, single display groupware, file system UI
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Application software packages
UTAS Author:Wasinger, R (Dr Rainer Wasinger)
ID Code:90181
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-27
Last Modified:2017-05-25

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