Di Giovanni, P., Romano, M., Sebillo, M., Tortora, G., Vitiello, G., Ginige, T., De Silva, L., Goonethilaka, J., Wikramanayake, G. & Ginige, A. (2012). Building social life networks through mobile interfaces :the case study of Sri Lanka farmers. A Cicchetti, C Rossignoli. 1-8. Germany: Springer.
The development of mobile applications is paramount to support users living in developing countries to improve their lives. One of the major re-search challenges is to develop a user interface suitable for such users. In this paper we present the design process we applied in order to develop a mobile application oriented to farmers living in Sri Lanka. The application prototype developed so far has been evaluated against usability requirements and a usability evaluation framework has been devised, which can be used to replicate the tests as the application iteratively reaches its final release. This work represents a pilot study within a wider international research project aiming to provide real-time information to support activities related to livelihood delivered using mobile phone applications targeted to meet the needs of people in developing countries.
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