The Proposition of a Framework to Support the Design of Ecological Systems for the Web
Usability evaluation is one of the main steps in a product development life cycle and is responsible for providing a better level for its quality. Applying usability evaluation techniques is an important activity to achieve better definitions that can be used in the software development. Specifically, when is considered the development of interactive systems designed to support Ecological Simulation Environments, this process must be taken with prudence and rigor. So, their Human-Computer Interaction must be taken with efficacy, efficiency and user satisfaction. When the Ecological Simulation Environment is considered, this problem has a special feature that turns it into a special one: the information localization is one of the main important characteristic of its definition. These systems allow the manipulation, maintenance and visualization of geographic data as coordinated sets and the interest for their applications is increasing a lot in the last few years. Nowadays, we can consider the Web Ecological Simulation Environment as a reality, as in these web sites the geographic information and the simulation features for specific ecological environments are being disposed in different pages and their manipulation is being supported by the internet. On the other hand, some of these web sites are usually designed and implemented for specific users, such as the biological community and it makes them too specific for being used and analyzed by “regular and traditional” users that can be able to interact with them, since these sites may be available on the web. The Web mapping services and the ecological simulation systems are being accessed more regularly and most of them can be available through accessing web sites. These applications are based on the possibilities that the technology offers, such as spatial localization for specific interest places or addresses, calculation of simulation taxes and some distances between two addresses or places, among others. In this context, the internet is the better way users can interact with them. This does contribute a lot in the increase of the quantity and diversity of users, their features and restrictions. So, ecological simulation systems utilization is not always an activity that may be considered as trivial or easy. When performing the usability evaluations, we do not just aim to collect the evaluators answers for the questionnaires applied, but we also plan to ask to the evaluators to rank the level of importance for each one of the Ergonomic Criterion, since each question had, at least, one Ergonomic Criterion associated. So, based on these results, we may have conditions to create a framework for designing web sites for Ecological Simulation applications as we can be able to figure out which information is more relevant and, so, propose strategies for making them more usable.
KeywordsSpeech Recognition Ecological System Usability Evaluation Development Team User Satisfaction
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