For the collection of user data, our team will closely monitor the work of the 19 international research groups invited to our workshops. Surveys and expert focus groups will also be of importance in this regard.

Trying to close in on Humanist Computer Interaction – i.e. on the way scholars and their work are being influence by digital methods and vice versa– means to use a wide repertoire of instruments from the fields of usability and requirement engineering. Our team will be interested in the workflows as conceived and put into practice during the workshops as well as in the assessments of digital methods given by participants from different scholarly backgrounds.

As required by the workshops’ individual phases and aims, we will make use of methods such as live observations, expert interviews, eye tracking, (retrospective) think-alouds and cognitive walkthroughs. The data thus gathered will not only provide insights into different modes of research in the Humanities, but also help to identify the innovation potentials of collaborative work in digital settings.

For the identification of innovation potentials, we will draw upon an orientation matrix comprising user-related constructs as well as multiple modes of access to digital resources (data, tools, processing power and collaborative work). After clearly defining the innovation-related constructs in question, these will feature in all parts of the user analysis.

Observation laboratory of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

The Chair of Business Informatics and Media Management (Prof Dr Sven Pagel) of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences (Business Department) is responsible for methodological approach to investigating Humanist Computer Interaction.