From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
Welcome to the Usability Cluster
Contact Cluster Chair: Sophie Hou
Contact Cluster Co-Chair: Madison Langseth
Cluster Student Fellow: Connor Scully-Allison
Cluster Poster: Media:Usability Poster Winter2017.pdf
ESIP Usability Cluster Vision

To foster the adoption of usability research and evaluation techniques for all user-facing capabilities provided by archives and repositories.

About Us

The Usability Cluster aims to discuss the applicability of using User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) principles and techniques in evaluating and enhancing the services offered by data archives/repositories. In particular, the cluster will review usability principles and common usability evaluation techniques as well as the different areas in which these principles and techniques could be applied in a data archive/repository setting. The cluster will also collect and annotate usability resources, such as usability evaluation tools and relevant conference/publications, as well as perform usability case studies. Ultimately, the cluster aims to demonstrate through practical examples that UI/UX analysis and design need not be burdensome in order to yield immediate results and that these experiences could be shared with the great community to enhance user interactions with the data archives/repositories as a whole.


  • Meeting Agenda and Notes for 2018:
  • Completed:
  • 2018-12-05: No meeting is scheduled for December. Happy Holidays!
  • 2018-11-07: Canceled.
  • 2018-10-03: Last meeting of the year; short discussion; no meeting notes recorded.
  • 2018-09-05: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-08-01: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-07: Monthly meeting is canceled; we will be meeting at ESIP Summer Meeting instead (July 17-20, 2018 – Tucson, AZ).
  • 2018-06-06: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-05-02: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-04-04: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-03-07: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-02-07: Monthly Telecon
  • 2018-01-03: No meeting (due to ESIP Winter, monthly meeting will resume in Feb)

  • Telecon Instructions:
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 194-160-661

Previous Meeting Agenda and Notes: Archive

Get Involved

All meetings are conducted via GoToMeeting (see left-hand side of this page).

  • Monthly Meeting
  • We meet on the First Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm Eastern.

  • Activities/Special Topic Discussion Meeting:
  • We also meet for Activities and Special Topics discussions as necessary.



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