The paper CTAT: Tilt-And-Tap across Devices by Linda Di Geronimo, Maria Husmann, Abhimanyu Patel, Can Tuerk and Moira Norrie received the best paper award at the 16th Intl. Conf. on Web Engineering (ICWE 2016). The conference was held in Lugano, Switzerland from 6th-9th June.
Our recent research includes a number of projects dealing with the design and development of web applications that run across multiple devices, for example a mobile phone and a tablet, or multiple mobile phones. We refer to these as cross-device applications (XD-applications).
To inform our research, we would like to have more information about what types and numbers of devices people tend to have within reach at home, at work and on the move. We are therefore currently running an online survey and would really appreciate your help. You can participate by filling in our online questionnaire before 7th December. It should take 5-10 mins of your time.
Thanking you in advance,
The paper Keeping Track of Personal Digital Resources across Devices and Services by Matthias Geel and Moira Norrie received the best paper award at the 19th Intl. Conf. on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2015). The conference was held in Poznan, Poland from 14th-18th September.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is one of the most powerful tools available for managing personal data – in this case images (and video). It was developed by Adobe when they recognised that photographers were using a variety of computer tools in their workflow and that an image processing tool such as Photoshop was not the only kind of support that they needed. The idea therefore was to complement rather than replace Photoshop by designing a tool that focussed on managing images rather than processing them. But, at the same time, they wanted to integrate the most common forms of processing so that many photographers could use a single tool from capture through to publishing. With each version of Lightroom, more and more processing power has been integrated so that fewer and fewer photographers feel it necessary to do some of their processing in Photoshop.
My hobby is wildlife photography, while my professional life involves research in information systems engineering. Simply put, I’m fascinated by how people organise, process and keep track of their personal data – be it contacts, music, documents, favourite websites, travel information or images. Understanding this helps inform the next generation of tools. My hobby and profession are brought together in a current study on how photographers are using the various features offered by Lightroom to manage their images and support their workflow.
Folders, collections, keywords, flags, ratings, colours …… which of these are people actually using and how are they using them? Lightroom was designed with flexibility in mind. They talked to different kinds of photographers and studied how they worked. How do wildlife photographers typically work? How does this differ from landscape or sport photographers?
Rather than trying to design a tool that would impose a particular way of working, they decided to offer lots of different features that could be used to organise and find images, leaving it up to the individual to find a solution that works for them. As anyone who has gone through the process of learning Lightroom will know, every book, tutorial and instructor will tell you something different about which features to use and how to use them. With every book I read and tutorial I viewed, I tended to feel that I needed to change my way of working and it’s taken a long time for me to develop my own workflow. The last one I defined was two weeks ago. Only time will tell if I’m happy with it.
So whether you are a hobbyist, serious amateur or professional, I’d love to hear about how you are using the features of Lightroom to manage your images. You can participate by filling in our online questionnaire before the end of August. It should take 10-20 mins of your time depending on how many features you use and how you use them.
I hope we can learn from each other by finding out what most people in a particular area of photography are doing and whether they are happy with it. I intend to report back here on my findings once we’ve collected and analysed the data.
I really appreciate your help!
The paper MultiMasher: Providing Architectural Support and Visual Tools for Multi-Device Mashups by Maria Husmann, Michael Nebeling, Stefano Pongelli and Moira Norrie received the best paper award at the 15th Intl. Conf. on Web Information Systems (WISE 2014). The conference was held Thessaloniki, Greece from 12th-14th October.
The paper XDKinect: Development Framework for Cross-Device Interaction using Kinect by Michael Nebeling, Elena Teunissen, Maria Husmann and Moira Norrie received the best paper award at the 6th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Systems (EICS 2014). The conference was held at CNR in Rome from 17th-20th June.