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Consent Form

Project            Information-abundant Interfaces:
Title              Advanced Organization and Coordination

Statement of Age   I state that I am over 18 years of age and wish to 
of Subject         participate in a program of research being conducted 
                   by Prof. Ben Shneiderman at the Graduate School, 
                   University of Maryland, College Park, Department of 
                   Computer Science.

Purpose            The purpose of this research is to measure user 
                   performance managing large collections of information 
                   using a new information management computer interface.

Procedures         Subjects will first read a brief description of the 
                   experiment and will be allowed to ask questions. Then 
                   they will be trained for 30 minutes in using the interface  
                   for similar tasks that will be given in the experiment.  
                   Then they will be timed and observed for task completion 
                   and error rates. Subjects will also be given a subjective  
                   satisfaction questionnaire. The total duration of the  
                   experiment will be less than two hours per subject.   
                   Subjects will only attend one session.

Confidentiality    All information collected in the study is confidential,  
                   and my name will not be identified any time.

Risks              There are no risks to subjects with the experiments. The 
                   subjects will only operate standard computer equipment.

Benefits:          I understand that the experiment is not designed to test  
Freedom to         me personally, but that the investigator hopes to learn  
Withdraw and Ask   more about the performance of users using their interface   
Questions          in managing large collections of information. I understand   
                   that I am free to ask questions or to withdraw at any time 
                   without any penalty.

Name, Address,     Prof. Ben Shneiderman,
Phone Number of    A.V.Williams Bldg., Computer Science Department, 
Principal          University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Investigator       (301) 405-2680

Name and           _______________________________________
Signature of            
Subject            _______________________________________

Date               _______________________________________

Eser Kandogan
Sun Sep 13 18:34:46 EDT 1998

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