A diary study of information needs and document usage in the engineering domain
Wild, P. J., McMahon, C., Darlington, M. J., Liu, S. and Culley, S., 2010. A diary study of information needs and document usage in the engineering domain. Design Studies, 31 (1), pp. 46-73.
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Engineering design, despite its technical mechanical and mathematical foundations, is heavily informational. Many authors have used information as the focus of their research; in contrast, our study examined both information needs and document usage by engineers. After reviewing the design decisions behind the diary study; we report on the analysis of the data. We also used the data to generate new ‘document use’ scenarios, and ‘proof of concept’ test of a related software system. As with all research methods, diary studies have a number of strengths and weaknesses so we also provide some reflections on the use of diary studies as a method for examining the engineer's use of documents in the engineering domain.
|Creators||Wild, P. J., McMahon, C., Darlington, M. J., Liu, S. and Culley, S.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords||research methods,information design,engineering design,design studies|
|Departments||Faculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering|
|Research Centres||Innovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC)|
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