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Situating the transient user: overcoming challenges in the design of e-government systems
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    Inglesant PG, Sasse MA
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    Oslo, Norway
  • Published proceedings:
    SINTEF report STF90 A05110
  • Editors:
    Følstad A,Krogstie J,Oppermann R,Svanæs D
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    Workshop: User Involvement in e-Government development projects, Interact
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    Rome, Italy
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e-Government systems present new challenges for user involvement in the design process. Existing user-centred and participatory design methodologies were mainly developed for situations where a user is in the workplace. In e-government applications the user population is heterogeneous and numerous; the increasing ubiquity of e-government systems also questions the concept of “the interface”. This paper presents the results of a study of discourses of e-government users in two cases studies of interaction with new information systems in transport, which illuminate usability problems arising from a failure to prioritise users’ needs at all stages. An approach is proposed which accounts for the values as well as the goals of users, appropriating stakeholder analysis and ideas from Soft Systems Methodology while recognising that the routine actions of users in the real world are situated and contingent.
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