The MAPI project is leading to a strategic leveraging action to make an effective contribution to European practices with regard to quality of use engineering. The project is conducting seven trial applications in different sectors within the software industry, which require usability engineering at different phases of their software lifecycle. The consortium members owning the applications have all agreed that the adoption of usability assessment and user centre design technology based on tools and techniques developed during the Esprit project MUSIC is of benefit to their nominated projects as well as to the future of their businesses.
The MAPI project is thus seeking to:
1. Streamline and adapt the delivery of MUSIC technology to the needs of the end user companies.
2. Change the evaluation culture of the companies concerned, so that the companies take up MUSIC as a long term investment.
3. Demonstrate the uptake of MUSIC technology successfully by companies involved in a broad range of software developments, showing the industrial applicability of MUSIC to other companies in the sector.
4. Demonstrate the uptake of MUSIC in many parts of a development lifecycle, thus showing the broad applicability of MUSIC.
Each Trial Application, therefore, includes the following stages:
- User training and problem definition,
- Implementation of MUSIC in the Trial Application,
- Assessment of results and definition for future company strategy.
A number of templates with which MUSIC tools may be delivered have been identified. In conjunction with the industrial partners, the service providers will train and provide consultancy on the use of the tools and techniques.
Exploitation activities will include gathering project results to resolve questions on the future of the MUSIC tools and services. This will provide useful information for marketing MUSIC results throughout European industry and beyond.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts