Human Factors in Public Information Systems

Human Factors in Public Information Systems

Karl W. Sandberg, Pan Yan
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-991-9.ch005
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News reports do not frequently mention many problems or accidents caused by human error. The specialty of human factors seeks to avoid human error by making certain that computers and all other equipment are designed to be easy to understand and use; costly human errors are thus minimised. This article provides a basic overview of the subject of human factors as it pertains to problem and error avoidance in computerised public information systems. When computer/system design does not adequately consider human capability, the performance of the computer/system and the user will be below desired levels.

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