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Lake Discovery Website for Park Professionals

The goal of the project was to develop a knowledge management system within the "Lake Discovery" interface of the US Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Management (NRM) Gateway. Lake Discovery was designed to show the potential of a knowledge management system. Our research team systematically obtained input from practitioners and students regarding appropriate content, information architecture, aesthetics, usability, accessibility, and mechanisms for accessing, creating, and sharing information. We conducted user evaluations with park professionals to further enhance the Lake Discovery knowledge management website by addressing the impact of usability and aesthetics characteristics on the effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction with information architecture prototypes for generating tacit knowledge.

  • Sarah Swierenga (PI) and Dennis Propst (PI)
  • Grant funder: USDA/US Army Corps of Engineers


  • Propst, D. B., Swierenga, S. J., Pierce, G. L., Jeong, E., & Coursaris, C. K. (2013). From the ground-up: Role of usability and aesthetics evaluation in creating a knowledge-based website for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In Marcus, A. (Ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 8015. Design, User Experience, and Usability: Web, Mobile, and Product Design (pp. 274-283). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.