From CRUD to CREAM: Imagining a Rich Scholarly Repository Interface

Scholarly and Research Communication Vol 3. Issue 4. Year 2012

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-1304

18 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2013

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Susan Brown

University of Alberta

Ofer Arazy

Independent

Geoffrey Rockwell

University of Alberta

Ashley Moroz

University of Alberta

Megan Sellmer

University of Alberta

Stan Ruecker

University of Alberta

Milena Radzikowska

Mount Royal University

Date Written: December 1, 2011

Abstract

This article addresses the design of a dynamic repository interface to support numerous scholarly activities. Starting with the four fundamental functions associated with persistent storage — create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) — we tested, as an organizing rubric for the interface, the acronym CREAM: Create (represent, illustrate); Read (sample, read); Enhance (refer, annotate, process); Analyze (search, select, visualize, mine, cluster); and Manage (track, label, transform). Based on a card-sorting exercise conducted with researchers, we conclude that a slightly modified rubric of CREAMS offers a useful starting point that emphasizes the enriched functionality a scholarly repository or similarly complex digital environment requires, as well as the immense challenge of designing conceptually clear interfaces, even for a relatively homogenous community of researchers.

Keywords: Interface design, Rich-prospect browsing, User-centred design, Usability, Repositories, Collaboration

Suggested Citation

Brown, Susan and Arazy, Ofer and Rockwell, Geoffrey and Moroz, Ashley and Sellmer, Megan and Ruecker, Stan and Radzikowska, Milena, From CRUD to CREAM: Imagining a Rich Scholarly Repository Interface (December 1, 2011). Scholarly and Research Communication Vol 3. Issue 4. Year 2012, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-1304, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2291135

Susan Brown (Contact Author)

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Ofer Arazy

Independent

Geoffrey Rockwell

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Ashley Moroz

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Megan Sellmer

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Stan Ruecker

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Milena Radzikowska

Mount Royal University ( email )

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6
Canada

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