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Review: An Interaction Design Encyclopedia opens its Pages

Source: Interaction-Design.org, 17 April 2005

This website features the beginnings of a free, open-content, peer-reviewed encyclopedia covering terms from the disciplines of Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Usability and related fields.

'What is Interaction-Design.org?' asks the homepage and the answer would seem to be an interesting resource in the making. It is primarily an encyclopedia of terms related to the areas of Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Design, Human Factors, Usability and Information Architecture. It also offers a calendar of events.

The project is the work of Mads Soegaard, now a lecturer at the Department of Information and Media Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark; previously, in the eBusiness Think Tank of DaimlerChrysler Services in Berlin. He is collecting a range of helpers in his endeavour and seeks more.

It is defined as 'the beginnings of a free, open-content, peer-reviewed' encyclopedia and he is using the Creative Commons Copyright Licence, which means that 'in effect the property of the Interaction Design community, not of this specific website'.

So far the material covered is slim. There are currently 30 entries in the encyclopedia and 46 under preparation. There is also a long list of subjects that are sought for inclusion but as yet have no one to write the entries.

Soegaard explains his purpose: 'There are very few high-quality online resources providing introductory materials to the disciplines mentioned above. Few resources go beyond very practical observations, for example within Web usability, and none introduce the underlying terms and research in a systematic fashion.'

He is happy to take new suggestions and to recruit 'qualified' writers.

Articles in need of an author include, under R alone:

Rapid Prototyping

Recall Versus Recognition Memory Tasks

ROI - Return On Investment and Interation Design

For would-be readers, there is an RSS feed to inform you of new topics covered.

All in all, a resource to watch and maybe to contribute to...

Interaction-Design.org