Cloud4all and the GPIIis being built to be used by real users in the world. This is why we have decided to include users in all phases of the design and development of Cloud4all, in order to make sure that our work will have a real impact in their lives.
Within Cloud4all, we are conducting tests with users in three pilot sites: Athens (where tests are run by CERTH), Berlin (where tests are run by SDC) and Madrid (where tests are run by ILUNION), and comprise 3 iterations:
- The first iteration took place from April 2013 to June 2013. In this iteration, we tested proof of concepts of the concepts, early versions of the user interfaces of the preferences management tools through Wizard of Oz, paper and pencil and/or other simulation/emulation tools (mainly qualitative oriented evaluation), as well as early version of the tools for developers that are being developed within SP2. The response of prospective users was highly positive, and most of them considered that the implementation of Cloud4all will have an impact on their quality of life, making it possible for them to perform some common activities that are currently difficult for them. To sum up, the main results of this first evaluation were:
- The validation of the Cloud4all concept.
- Early detection of usability issues in the preferences management tools.
- New improved versions of applciations ready for 2nd iteration testing, based on user feedback.
- Lessons learned for the improvement of the experimental plan.
- The second iteration took place from April 2014 to June 2014. During this second iteration, we tested low and medium-fidelity prototypes of the solutions (both qualitative and quantitative evaluation, incorporating a variety of techniques and tools) with real users, as well as the whole auto-adaptation from preferences process. The usability of the preferences management tools was also tested with real users. Plus, the tools for developers and vendors that are being developed within Cloud4all were tested both with internal and third-party developers.
- The third iteration will take place on early 2015. During this last iteration, we will test the final auto-adaptation from preferences process, where users will be able to switch between devices that will adapt their accessibility features to their needs.