AtoM@DO: Usability Testing

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Written by Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist

Last week ICFA announced the public launch of its online catalog, AtoM@DO, an implementation of the archival collection management system sponsored by the International Council on Archives, ICA-AtoM. And already the site has seen 340 visits!

Following a soft launch in December during which the system was made available within the Dumbarton Oaks community, ICFA undertook two weeks of usability testing last month in preparation for the public launch. Although everyone was eager to finalize our content and make the site public, we decided to delay the launch for testing after two members of the team found themselves debating the impact of how titles are formulated:  specifically, what elements should be included and in what order. In addition, we had concerns about how the search engine handled diacritics – terms with accent marks aren’t findable without the correct character – and…

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