LibreOffice in public service: First impression of the future users

Berényi, László and Sasvári, Péter László (2019) LibreOffice in public service: First impression of the future users. In: Central and Eastern European eDem and eGov Days 2019. Austrian Computer Society, Wien, pp. 391-399. . ISBN 9783708918983

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There are definite intentions and efforts for spreadingopen source office software in the Hungarian public service. However, LibreOffice offers almost the same functionality than Microsoft Office, document compatibility may be problematic, and both the appearance and the access to a part of functions are different. Even a partial changeover raises several challenges concerning technical issues, system safety,andusers’ education. This paper investigatestheusers’ opinions about LibreOffice Writer. The target audience is the higher education students as the future users of the software. Theresearch method includes a (1) preliminary survey about the computer usage habits, (2) preparinga two-page document including typing, text-formatting, tables and diagrams, (3) and a final evaluation survey about the experiences.The goal of the study is collectinginformation about the opinions and impressions about working with LibreOffice Writer. Exploring the user profiles and the critical issues are important for establishing effective training programs. Results show that the involved studentsfeel using LibreOffice more difficult than Microsoft Word. However, the similar surface and functions are available, the deviation from the usual increases the time need and decreases personalsatisfaction. Targeted training is necessary for supporting the implementation intentions including developing higher education programs.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Knowledge economy, innovation
Computer science
ID Code:4286
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Deposited On:04 Nov 2019 10:23
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