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Using liferay as an interdisciplinary scientific collaboration portal

A comparative usability study of version 6.1 and 6.2
: Schuh, Günther; Bräkling, André; Calero Valdez, André; Schaar, Anne-Kathrin; Ziefle, Martina


Meiselwitz, Gabriele:
Social computing and social media. 8th international conference, SCSM 2016 : Held as part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016; Proceedings
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 9742)
ISBN: 978-3-319-39909-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-39910-2 (Online)
International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media (SCSM) <8, 2016, Toronto>
International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International) <18, 2016, Toronto>
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In order to support the interdisciplinary collaboration process within the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries", we set up a scientific cooperation portal that supports the researchers in various ways. The framework used to create such a portal is the open-source software Liferay. In 2015 we updated our previously used Liferay version 6.1 to the latest version 6.2, which came with several bug fixes and included new features. These new features promise an improvement in usability, but changing the user interface usually also comes with switching-costs. To ensure the system usability was actually improved, we conducted a comparative usability study of the two used versions, which is described in this publication.