Associate Professor David Nichols

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) PhD Lancaster PGCertTT Waik MBCS CITP

Contact Details

Room: G.2.08
Phone: +64 7 858 5130
Extension: 5130

About David

I received BSc(Hons) (1989) and PhD (1994) degrees in Computer Science from Lancaster University, UK. My PhD focused on Intelligent Learning Environments; after my PhD I was a post-doctoral researcher 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.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Human-information interaction
  • Digital Libraries
  • Library & Information Science
  • User Experience

Recent Publications

  • Lueg, C., Nichols, D., & Twidale, M. (2022). Usability matters—I’d like to complain about this user experience!. Information Matters, 2(4). Retrieved from

  • Twidale, M. B., Nichols, D. M., & Lueg, C. P. (2021). Everyone everywhere: A distributed and embedded paradigm for usability. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 72(10), 1272-1284. doi:10.1002/asi.24465 Open Access version:

  • Downie, J. S., McKay, D., Suleman, H., Nichols, D. M., & Poursardar, F. (Eds.) (2021). Proceedings 2021 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). In JCDL 2021. Champaign, IL, USA: IEEE. doi:10.1109/jcdl52503.2021

  • Bainbridge, D., Nichols, D. M., Hinze, A., & Downie, J. S. (2019). Using the HTRC Data Capsule Model to promote reuse and evolution of experimental analysis of digital library data: a case study of topic modeling. In Proc 19th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2019) (pp. 463-464). Champaign, IL, USA: IEEE. doi:10.1109/jcdl.2019.00124 Open Access version:

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