Pelagios WP3 at a glance – Pt.1 widgets and user testing
WP3 tackles end-user engagement: i.e. subject specialists who lack the technical coding expertise to use the data underlying what is seen on the screen. The visualization service has been exploring ways of allowing these users to get to grips with the data both in a single Pelagios interface but also as embedded widgets hosted on each partner’s site. There have been three strands to our work in WP3 namely: (1) evaluation of users needs and requirements; (2) development of widgets; and (3) evaluation of the widgets. We have been working on these strands through an iterative process, with initial requirements leading to the development of an alpha version of the widgets, which, after being evaluated, in turn led to a refined set of requirements for the final beta version of the widgets.