I received BSc(Hons) (1989) and PhD (1994) degrees in Computer Science from Lancaster University, UK. My PhD focussed on Intelligent Learning Environments. After my PhD I did post-doctoral research on digital libraries within the Computing Department at Lancaster.
In 2000/1 I was a visiting lecturer here at Waikato. In 2001/2002 I was a Visiting Lecturer in Digital Libraries at the Graduate School of Library and
Information Science at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
My research interests include:
- Computer supported cooperative work
- Human computer interaction
- Digital libraries
- The usability of open source software
Crabtree, A., Nichols, D.M., O'Brien, J., Rouncefield, M. and Twidale, M.B. (2000) Ethnomethodologically informed ethnography and information system design, Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(7) 666-682.
Cunningham, S.J and Nichols, D.M. (2008) How people find videos, Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL'08). ACM. 201-210.
Nichols, D.M., Paynter, G.W., Chan, C-H., Bainbridge, D., McKay, D., Twidale, M.B. and Blandford, A. (2009) Experiences in deploying metadata analysis tools for institutional repositories, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 47(3/4) 229-248.
Nichols, D.M. and Twidale, M.B. (2003) The usability of open source software. First Monday, 8(1), January.
Nichols, D.M. and Twidale, M.B. (2006) Usability processes in open source projects, Software Process: Improvement and Practice, 11(2) 149-162.
Twidale, M.B., Nichols, D.M. and Paice, C.D. (1997) Browsing is a collaborative process. Information Processing and Management, 33(6), 761-83.
Witten, I.H., Bainbridge, D. and Nichols, D.M. (2010) How to Build a Digital Library, Second Edition. Morgan Kaufmann.