Administration and data input
Data input and editing was managed by a small, full-time team of administrative staff.
They did not have a background in the subject domain, but were chosen for administrative
experience and a meticulous attitude to data quality. They are computer literate but not
"expert." The greatest attribute was remaining cool under pressure and knowing
where they were amidst constant interruptions. In general, they required that everything
was easily accessible they remained in control of their strategy for workload
management under pressure.
Initially, as part of the design, we thought about a greater facility for place-marking
and reminding performers about where they were in specific processes. However, it was
recognized that each performer had a unique, valid strategy, based on temperament and
dynamic circumstances (and the paper in front of them). In the future, this may be a
useful area for further development.
Temporary support staff
This performer group consisted of those people who needed to find information on the
system to respond to customer enquiries, and also people who supported physical activities
in the event hall itself, such as printing labels and documentation, and querying the
database for specific details about an artist or a work. Most temporary staff were
highly educated generally, and computer literate, so computer-phobia and inexperience were
not a major problem. Their use of the application was restricted to a few clear tasks.
Management was a small, highly varied group. They had a medium level of education,
little computer experience, and would rarely use a computer for their work. They were
highly experienced in the subject domain, and thus wanted answers to questions quickly in
a form that they could interpret, based on the specific needs of their operational
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