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Tasos Spiliotopoulos <[log in to unmask]>
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Our apologies if you receive this CFP more than once.

Feel free to forward this CFP to whom you think may be interested.






Proposal Submission Deadline: September 5th, 2008 (extended)


Integrating Usability Engineering for Designing the Web Experience:
Methodologies and Principles


A book edited by Tasos Spiliotopoulos, Panagiota Papadopoulou, Drakoulis
Martakos and Georgios Kouroupetroglou

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece






Web usability allows for the provision of a more effective, efficient and
satisfying experience for the web user. Enhancing the web experience in such
a way requires an interdisciplinary approach and a profound theoretical
background. The web industry has realized that in order to achieve this
quality, a user-centered approach is needed. User-centered design, however,
constitutes a considerable paradigm shift in the traditional web development
process and this shift has hindered the adoption of usability methods.
Usability methods for the web, that is methods that enable or facilitate the
development of usable systems for the web, can provide complementary
results, thus it is important to examine the ways that these methods can be
combined and integrated in the development process. This book works towards
the composition of an extensive framework for applying usability methods to
the web development process.


Objective of the Book

The book aims to provide a link between theoretical research and web
engineering, thus presenting a more holistic approach to web usability. In
doing so, the book is expected to offer new insights on the application of
methods that enable or facilitate the development of usable web systems. In
order to facilitate the composition of a comprehensive methodological
framework for the development of usable web systems, the book will cover
issues regarding the theoretical framework of web usability, integration of
usability methods when designing for the web, and the definition of
parameters that enable the appraisal of usability methods.


Target Audience

The intended book audience includes academics and researchers in the area of
computer science and all the complementary to HCI disciplines, web
practitioners and usability experts. Practitioners are expected to submit
their experiences from the application of usability methods in their web
projects. Moreover, because the book covers extensively topics regarding the
integration of usability in the software development process, it can provide
some very valuable insights to all the stakeholders in the development of a
web system, such as project managers and other executives.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Section I: Theoretical approaches in Human-Computer Interaction for the Web

.             Assessment and classification of interaction models in the
context of the World Wide Web

.             Cognitive models

.             Mental models

.             Ecological models

.             Activity theory

.             External cognition

.             Distributed cognition

.             Situated action

.             Information foraging food theory

.             Hybrid and overarching approaches to user interaction modeling


Section II: Integrating usability methods in the web development process

.             Constructing a methodological framework for the development of
usable web systems

.             Combining usability methods

.             ROI for web usability

.             Effectiveness and efficiency of usability methods

.             Appraising web usability methods

.             Evaluator effect

.             Discount usability

.             Standardization efforts - Common Industry Format

.             Automating usability methods

.             Web accessibility

.             Security issues


Section III: Requirements analysis and design for the web

.             Inquiry methods (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews,
ethnographic studies, card sorting, affinity diagrams, personas, use cases)

.             Prototyping methods (paper prototyping, storyboards, video
prototyping, rapid prototyping, parallel design)

.             Inspection methods (cognitive walkthrough, pluralistic
evaluation, formal usability inspection, keystroke level analysis)


Section IV: Evaluation of web systems

.             Inquiry methods (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews)

.             Inspection methods (heuristic evaluation, heuristic
walkthrough, expert review, expert walkthrough, guidelines review,
guidelines walkthrough, cognitive walkthrough, pluralistic evaluation,
formal usability inspection, keystroke level analysis)

.             Testing methods (performance measurement, thinking aloud
protocol, critical response protocol, constructive interaction,
retrospective testing, coaching method, wizard of Oz, logging actual use)


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September
5, 2008 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter, together with a tentative title and
chapter organization. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by
September 12, 2008 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter
guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 31, 2008.
All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This
book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.),
publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group
Reference) and "Medical Information Science Reference" imprints. For
additional information regarding the publisher, please visit 


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to
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