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Project work or final exam „Usability and acccessibilty test of DMS “

Study on usability and accessibility of DMS


Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research, Accessibility, Usability, DMS, ECMS


The research project iDESkmu (in short: inclusive DMS / ECMS and industry software in SMEs; further information on iDESkmu at https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/?page_id=14 and www.projekt-ideskmu.de) is aimed at Maintenance and generation of barrier-free IT jobs.

In the course of the first field studies, it has already been shown that the topic cannot and should not be so easily limited to IT workspaces.

For this reason, we offer thematic project and final theses from the area of ​​”Accessibility”.


Accessible software is one of the prerequisites for accessible IT workplaces. However, it is found that a large part of the available and in use programs are still not accessible. In the corporate context, so-called document management systems (DMS) are often used. These are now much more than electronic file folders, but combine numerous functions and workflows, which increases the number of workplaces with these programs.

Your task is to take stock of common DMS regarding accessibility and usability. Develop or use existing criteria for testing DMS and conduct a study on the accessibility of DMS. The use of user-oriented methods is mandatory for the tests, but may be supplemented with other methods.


  • Experience with accessibility or usability tests desirable, but not a must
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • (Very) good command of the German language
  • Independent work, commitment and fun working in a team
  • Communicative and ready to work with users
  • Previous experience in qualitative field research and empirical research desirable

Target group

Students of the HCI, business informatics or related courses.


The scope is based on the course and format (thematic project or final theses).


According to the arrangement


Sven Bittenbinder (Dipl.-Wirt.Inform.)
Research assistant „iDESkmu“

Wirtschaftsinformatik/IT für die alternde Gesellschaft
Universität Siegen, Fakultät III
Kohlbettstraße 15
57072 Siegen

Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
Phone: 0271 740-4470
E-Mail: sven.bittenbinder@uni-siegen.de