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  • Cunningham, Sally Jo; Nichols, David M. (2014)
    As researchers retire or pass away, the online record of their work and their research careers begins to fragment and fade away. We begin with case studies of four New Zealand Humanities researchers, nearing or at the ends ...
  • Cunningham, Sally Jo; Nichols, David M.; Bainbridge, David; Ali, Hasan (ISMIR, 2014)
    This paper builds an understanding of how music is currently experienced by a social group travelling together in a car - how songs are chosen for playing, how music both reflects and influences the group’s mood and social ...
  • Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M. (Sense Publishers, 2013)
    We explore a term, Agile, that is being used in various workplace settings, including the management of universities. The term may have several related but slightly different meanings. Agile is often used in the context ...
  • Bainbridge, David; McIntosh, Sam J.; Nichols, David M. (ACM, 2013)
    In this paper we present Greenbug: a hybrid web inspector, debugger and design editor developed for use with the open source digital library software Greenstone 3. Inspired by the web development tool Firebug, Greenbug is ...
  • Bainbridge, David; Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M. (Springer-Verlag, 2012)
    Personal name variants are a common problem in digital libraries, reducing the precision of searches and complicating browsing-based interaction. The book-centric approach of name authority control has not scaled to match ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B.; Cunningham, Sally Jo (ACM, 2012)
    The open access movement has highlighted the barriers that exist for users to gain access to significant portions of the research literature. The open data approach seeks to extend the principles of open access to the data ...
  • Apperley, Mark; Nichols, David M. (Springer, 2011)
    This chapter presents an overview of usability in Aotearoa/New Zealand, from the academic and industrial perspectives. It contains a brief description of the country and focuses on the development of HCI and its characteristics ...
  • Bainbridge, David; Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M. (ACM, 2011)
    In this paper we present a novel system for user-driven integration of name variants when interacting with web-based information systems. The growth and diversity of online information means that many users experience ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (Facet Publishing, 2011)
    This chapter considers the social component of interactive information retrieval: what is the role of other people in searching and browsing? For simplicity we begin by considering situations without computers. After all, ...
  • Hinze, Annika; Chang, Carole; Nichols, David M. (University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science, 2010)
    The users of mobile devices increasingly use networked services to address their information needs. Questions asked by mobile users are strongly influenced by contextual factors such as location, conversation and activity. ...
  • Hinze, Annika; Chang, Carole; Nichols, David M. (ACM, 2010)
    The users of mobile devices increasingly use networked services to address their information needs. Questions asked by mobile users are strongly influenced by contextual factors such as location, conversation and activity. ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Rose, John; Bainbridge, David; Witten, Ian H. (2010)
    Greenstone is a versatile open source multilingual digital library environment, emerging from research on text compression within the New Zealand Digital Library Research Project in the Department of Computer Science at ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Paynter, Gordon W.; Chan, Chu-Hsiang; Bainbridge, David; McKay, Dana; Twidale, Michael B.; Blandford, Ann (2009)
    Current institutional repository software provides few tools to help metadata librarians understand and analyze their collections. In this article, we compare and contrast metadata analysis tools that were developed ...
  • Singh, Vandana; Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (2009)
    A study was conducted across multiple open source software online technical help communities. This paper presents the types of discussions that occur, the types of questions asked and the type of responses that are given. ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Cunningham, Sally Jo (2009)
    The information we encounter in modern life, in developed countries, is a hybrid of the physical and the digital. Personal archiving tools allow users to capture and retrieve aspects of their everyday lives in digital form. ...
  • Cunningham, Sally Jo; Nichols, David M. (2009)
    This paper builds an understanding how music is currently listened to by small (fewer than 10 individuals) to medium-sized (10 to 40 individuals) gatherings of people— how songs are chosen for playing, how the music fits ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Paynter, Gordon W.; Chan, Chu-Hsiang; Bainbridge, David; McKay, Dana; Twidale, Michael B.; Blandford, Ann (2008)
    Current institutional repository software provides few tools to help metadata librarians understand and analyse their collections. In this paper we compare and contrast metadata analysis tools that were developed ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Chan, Chu-Hsiang; Bainbridge, David; McKay, Dana; Twidale, Michael B. (2008)
    We describe a Web-based metadata quality tool that provides statistical descriptions and visualisations of Dublin Core metadata harvested via the OAI protocol. The lightweight nature of development allows it to be used to ...
  • Cunningham, Sally Jo; Nichols, David M. (2008)
    At present very little is known about how people locate and view videos. This study draws a rich picture of everyday video seeking strategies and video information needs, based on an ethnographic study of New Zealand ...
  • Twidale, Michael B.; Gruzd, Anatoliy A.; Nichols, David M. (Elsevier, 2008)
    Information provision via digital libraries often separates the writing process from that of information searching. In this paper we investigate the potential of a tighter integration between searching for information in ...
  • Milne, David N.; Nichols, David M.; Witten, Ian H. (ACM, 2008)
    Most information workers query digital libraries many times a day. Yet people have little opportunity to hone their skills in a controlled environment, or compare their performance with others in an objective way. Conversely, ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Chan, Chu-Hsiang; Bainbridge, David; McKay, Dana; Twidale, Michael B. (ACM, 2008)
    We describe a Web-based metadata quality tool that provides statistical descriptions and visualisations of Dublin Core metadata harvested via the OAI protocol. The lightweight nature of development allows it to be used to ...
  • Cunningham, Sally Jo; Nichols, David M. (ACM, 2008)
    At present very little is known about how people locate and view videos 'in the wild'. This study draws a rich picture of everyday video seeking strategies and video information needs, based on an ethnographic study of New ...
  • Milne, David N.; Witten, Ian H.; Nichols, David M. (2007)
    Thesauri are useful knowledge structures for assisting information retrieval. Yet their production is labor-intensive, and few domains have comprehensive thesauri that cover domain-specific concepts and contemporary usage. ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Bainbridge, David; Twidale, Michael B. (ACM, 2007)
    The software technologies used to create web interfaces for digital libraries are discussed using examples from Greenstone 3.
  • Wu, Shaoqun; Witten, Ian H.; Edwards, Arthur; Nichols, David M.; Aquino, Raúl (2007)
    Recent years have seen widespread adoption of the Internet for language teaching and learning. Interactive systems on the World-Wide Web provide useful alternatives to face-to-face tuition, and both teachers and learners ...
  • Milne, David N.; Witten, Ian H.; Nichols, David M. (ACM, 2007)
    This paper describes Koru, a new search interface that offers effective domain-independent knowledge-based information retrieval. Koru exhibits an understanding of the topics of both queries and documents. This allows it ...
  • Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M. (2006)
    The rapid progress of digital library technology from research to implementation has created a force for change in the curricula of library schools. The education of future librarians has always had to adapt to new ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Bainbridge, David; Downie, J. Stephen; Twidale, Michael B. (ACM, 2006)
    The implications of using digital library software in educational contexts, for both students and software developers, are discussed using two case studies of students building digital libraries.
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (The ICFAI University Press, 2006)
    Open source communities have successfully developed many pieces of software although most computer users only use proprietary applications. The usability of open source software is often regarded as one reason for this ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (2006)
    We explore how some open source projects address issues of usability. We describe the mechanisms, techniques and technology used by open source communities to design and refine the interfaces to their programs. In particular ...
  • Bainbridge, David; Osborn, Wendy; Witten, Ian H.; Nichols, David M. (Springer, 2006)
    We examine the problem of designing a generalized system for building institutional repositories. Widely used schemes such as DSpace are tailored to a particular set of requirements: fixed metadata set; standard view when ...
  • Sánchez, J. Alfredo; Silva, Nabani N.; Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M. (SPIE, 2005)
    This paper presents a qualitative and formative study of the uses of a starfield-based visualization interface for analysis of library collections. The evaluation process has produced feedback that suggests ways to ...
  • Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M. (2005)
    The public nature of discussion in open source projects provides a valuable resource for understanding the mechanisms of open source software development. In this paper we explore how open source projects address issues ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Witten, Ian H.; Keegan, Te Taka Adrian Gregory; Bainbridge, David; Dewsnip, Michael (Taylor & Francis, 2005)
    Digital libraries have a pivotal role to play in the preservation and maintenance of international cultures in general and minority languages in particular. This paper outlines a software tool for building digital libraries ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (2004)
    The public nature of discussion in open source projects provides a valuable resource for understanding the mechanisms of open source software development. In this paper we explore how open source projects address issues ...
  • Sánchez, J. Alfredo; Twidale, Michael B.; Nichols, David M.; Silva, Nabani N. (2004)
    This paper presents a qualitative and formative study of the uses of a starfield-based visualization interface for analysis of library collections. The evaluation process has produced feedback that suggests ways to ...
  • Deo, Shaleen; Nichols, David M.; Cunningham, Sally Jo; Witten, Ian H.; Trujillo, Maria F. (2004)
    The problems that illiteracy poses in accessing information are gaining attention from the research community. Issues currently being explored include developing an understanding of the barriers to information acquisition ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (2003)
    Open source communities have successfully developed a great deal of software although most computer users only use proprietary applications. The usability of open source software is often regarded as one reason for this ...
  • Nichols, David M.; McKay, Dana; Twidale, Michael B. (2003)
    After software has been released the opportunities for users to influence development can often be limited. In this paper we review the research on post-deployment usability and make explicit its connections to open source ...
  • Nichols, David M. (ACM, 2003)
    Software is often frustrating. You need only walk past a group of users to hear exclamations of annoyance as the users’ expectations and the software interface clash head on.
  • Edgar, Katrina D.; Nichols, David M.; Paynter, Gordon W.; Thomson, Kirsten; Witten, Ian H. (Springer, 2003)
    Phrase browsing interfaces based on hierarchies of phrases extracted automatically from document collections offer a useful compromise between automatic full-text searching and manually-created subject indexes. The literature ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Twidale, Michael B. (2002)
    Open source communities have successfully developed many pieces of software although most computer users only use proprietary applications. The usability of open source software is often regarded as one reason for this ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Thomson, Kirsten; Yeates, Stuart Andrew (2001)
    Open-source is becoming an increasingly popular software development method. This paper reports a usability study of the open-source Greenstone Digital Library collection-building software. The problems highlighted by the ...
  • Nichols, David M.; Pemberton, Duncan; Dulhoumi, Salah; Larouk, Omar; Belisle, Claire; Twidale, Michael B. (Springer, Berlin, 2000)
    Interfaces to library systems have largely failed to represent the in-herently collaborative nature of information work. This paper describes how collaborative functionality is being implemented as part of the DEBORA project ...

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  • Taube-Schock, Craig (University of Waikato, 2012)
    There are few aspects of modern life that remain unaffected by software, and as our day-to-day challenges change, so too must our software. Software systems are complex, and as they grow larger and more interconnected, ...
  • Krishnan, Aparna (University of Waikato, 2010)
    Each user’s electronic information-interaction uniquely matches their information behaviour, activities and work context. In the ubiquitous computing environment, this information-interaction and the underlying personal ...
  • Chan, Chu-Hsiang (The University of Waikato, 2008)
    The quality of metadata in a digital library is an important factor in ensuring access for end-users. Several studies have tried to define quality frameworks and assess metadata but there is little user feedback about these ...
  • Olsson, Anette (The University of Waikato, 2007)
    Providing good customer service is crucial to many commercial organizations. There are different means through which the service can be provided, such as Ecommerce, call centres or face-to-face. Although some service is ...