Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory
User Interfaces for the
Library of Congress National Digital Library
Project related information
NOTE: This page was used by our working group to point to other pages related to the project and discuss them.
Library of Congress sites:
- Trace Center
The Trace research and Development Center provides HTML Guidelines for ensuring universal accessibility of HTML pages. This group also designed touchscreen info kiosks accessible to blind users but I'm not sure this page points to it.
- The Fruitcake Page.
Three simple choices.
Use of white space around enlargeable graphics.
Concise description of 1500 years of tradition in a paragraph of text.
- The Alexandria Digital Library
The primary goal of the Alexandria Project is to design, implement, and deploy a digital library for spatially-indexed information.
Java Language Home Page
The White House Homepage
Silicon Graphics Home Page
I like these Homepages because they are simple in
design, clean, and offer the user a good idea of whats
behind them without alot of cluttering text to read about its purpose
(atleast the first page). We could use this type of spacious design to
fully convey our metaphor in detail with just graphics... Just a
- Atlanta Olympics Home Page.
It is simple, yet gives a lot of choices, and it also has a
text-only option. It makes good use of icons as well.
- The National Cattelmen's
This is a new website, not a favorite one. What's good about it is
that the www address and the web site name let's you know exactly what
to expect if you visit. There's no second guessing. Maneuvering is
also pretty easy --a brief web page with limited graphics, so
it also loads quickly. Parts of the "main street" image can be clicked
on, but other parts lead nowhere, so that is a weakness.
There's also a quiz to get visitors interested in the site; the website
will make contributions to a charity during the Xmas season for each
correctly answered quiz.
Another nice feature of the site is their use of examples to educate.
The site established a fictitious cattle company ("This Ain't That Easy"
aka TATE) so that visitors can get a sense of how a real company would
I must admit I got a little tired of the Cow theme--"Cowlculations" was
too much--but the statistics included were pertinent.
Public Library Reference Center
This site has a web page that is
useful, but not particularly well designed. It uses a black and white
picture to depict its links with black text on top of picture.
It's distracting and difficult to read, and I usually go to
the text only version of the page if what I'm searching for doesn't
An example of a site with an extensive and rather fancy FAQ service...
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is a clean interface with a good combination of graphics and text. It
also provides good navigation and fast displays.
- Women in Politics
Hong Kong Transition
Hong Kong Transition
At our last meeting I mentioned two student group projects that might be
interesting to look at as part of our LC design. Those sites are now
finished and the urls follow. The Hong Kong transition site uses an
increasingly popular left panel frame menu look (we will bring such a
mockup for consideration next week). The Women in politics site uses
link typing (distinguishing internal from external links--actually both
sites attempt to do this). There are no external links for LC, but we
may want to consider visual cues to distinguish different types of links
within the NDL......
Classification and search:
I like "YAHOO" because it happens to be the first search tool
rich enough for me to find it useful -- I've tried many
(not all) of the others and they return more 'noise' in my
opinion than does YAHOO -- I tend to do simple searches and
want specific items -- for example, I had heard about the
St. Peterburg museum display and was able to find it quickly
through YAHOO -- another time I needed Internet statistics. I
like having both the subject areas and the search mechansim.
And it is kept up-to-date! It's also simple but it does have
a certain complexity you can access as you learn it. Not
sexy maybe but effective.
Again, I like it because it is reasonably efficient for me to use since it
searches across multiple WWW search sites for me so that I don't have to
go to each one. The homepage is not particularly attractive and I don't
particularly like the areas it allows for customization but it is 1-stop
The University of New Brunswick Libraries' Virtual Pathfinder.
This site has a form on its homepage
that lists about 40 broad subject areas and links to guides to finding
information on those subjects both at UNB and elsewhere on the web.
This sort of approach might let us deal with people who want
information on things like genealogy.
- Searching earth science data: prototype of NASA EOSDIS IMS
This early prototype is already used by scientists trying to find
datasets for their reserach. See how they have done the search form
(click on the "new Search" button). They too have to deal with time,
geography and parameter selection. They are currently working on a
Java prototype and it will be interesting to see how it turns out...
- The Digital Village Exhibition
An alternative to a 3-D walkthrough. This is a 2D walkthrough of The
Art Gallery at The University of Maryland.
- the QUIS.
An example of survey we know how to build and we could use
LC working group members:
To add more items send mail to Catherine Plaisant