Tailoring Tools to the Rescue: Lessons Learned from Developing a Social Media Information Gathering Tool

Klas Backholm, Joachim Högväg, Jørn Knutsen, Jenny Lindholm, Even Westvang

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This chapter describes how researchers and developers may improve the design of technical innovations for crisis communicators by testing how user-friendly the innovation is for its intended end users. In the RESCUE project, a tool for social media information gathering was developed. During this process, tool usability was thoroughly tested. Good usability allows the user to complete tasks and achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction. The purpose of the usability testing was to strive for a tool that is easy to use during demanding circumstances and contributes to a high level of situation awareness (SA) among users. SA is about being aware of what is happening around you – during, for example, emergency assignments – and what this means for your on-going work tasks. The main focus of this chapter is to describe how usability testing was applied throughout the tool development process, from the pre-production planning phase to the final phase. As a part of this, the tool features are described.

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Title of host publicationSocial Media Use in Crisis and Risk Communication: Emergencies, Concerns and Awareness
EditorsHarald Hornmoen, Klas Backholm
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78756-269-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-78756-272-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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