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Keraminiyage, KP; Amaratunga, RDG; Haigh, RP
Publisher: Vilnius Technical University
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: TH, built_and_human_env
Due to various challenges and opportunities such as globalisation of research agenda and advancements in information and communication technologies, research collaborations (both international and national) have become popular during the last decade more than ever before. Within this context, the concept of Virtual Research environments(VRE) is an emerging concept looking at addressing the complex challenges associated with conducting collaborative research. Even though concept of VRE is at its infancy, it is important to assess user perception\ud about those, both to establish its success of uptake and future development strategies. However, to date, there is no formal method established to evaluate VREs .This paper reports a strategy adopted within an international collaborative research project (EURASIA) to evaluate\ud its custom built VRE, VEBER, using the well known Computer Human Interaction principles.
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    • 1. What is your overall view about the role of a Virtual Research Environment to address the research needs of Built Environment?
    • 2. How do you rate VEBER as a virtual research environment?
    • 3. How many times have you experienced VEBER down times since January 2006
    • 4. In your experience how easy was it to learn VEBER?
    • 5. Are the information / guides provided within the “VEBER user guides” clear?
    • 6. Is the organization of information on the VEBER screens clear?
    • 7. Is the interface of VEBER pleasant?
    • 8. How easy is it for you to find information in VEBER?
    • 9. If you made a mistake when you are using VEBER how easy /difficult is to recover from the mistake?
    • 10. Do the error messages provided by the VEBER give you sufficient and accurate information on how to fix problems that you may have encountered when using VEBER?
    • 11. Do you find VEBER useful in administrating research projects through the tools provided (Calendar, task assignments, User management, etc.) within VEBER?
    • 12. Do you find yourself in control of the work when you are using VEBER?
    • 13. Do you find the tools available within VEBER for resource management (Links to relevant literature, Image databases, User guide databases are useful for your research work?
    • 14. Do you find the tools available within VEBER for data collection and analysis (questionnaires, surveys, etc) are useful for your research work?
    • 15. Do you find the tools available within VEBER for communication and collaboration (forums, news sections, chat facilities, etc) are useful for your research work?
    • 16. Do you find the tools available within VEBER for document management (file manager, ability to upload and store files, ability to share files with other selected members, etc) are useful for your research work?
    • 17. Please list three (3) things that you would like to see in the future updates of VEBER
    • 18. Please list three (3) things that you like about VEBER
    • 19. Please list three (3) things that you don't like about VEBER
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