Mobile device applications usability assessment: The example of an agricultural management application

Alexandra Panagiotis Pliakoura, Beligiannis Grigorios, Kontogeorgos Achilleas

Abstract


This paper examines the issue of mobile application usability assessment and is primarily intended to evaluate a "proposal" concerning the systematic recording of the technical and economic data of an agricultural holding with the aid of a rural management system (agroFarm). This application is an electronic calendar where farmers and breeders can store all the agricultural activities about crops, farms and agricultural machineries. Simultaneously agroFarm calculates the revenues and expenses of every rural activity.
The use of mobile applications requires solving problems in use so that access to information and services can be done without difficulty. This is achieved by assessing the use with methods that can measure the usability of mobile applications.
The application was evaluated with, the Questionnaire for User Interaction Satisfaction questionnaire. Ten users aged 20 to 45, at least high school graduates, holding different farms and different familiarity with digital applications participated in the evaluation process. In addition, a Heuristic evaluation was performed by experts who were asked to evaluate ten "heuristics criteria" and whether they were observed in the evaluated application.
The results of the evaluation showed that the users consider that most important feature of mobile applications is the ease of use and utility.

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DOI: 10.17700/jai.2018.9.3.460

Journal of Agricultural Informatics