Normal context of use

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Normal context of use describes the context where a particular information object (e.g. an assessment or a variable) is typically used, or where it can be assumed to be used. For example, a variable is typically used as a part of an assessment by a researcher or another academic person who speaks English fluently and has good knowledge about the topic but is not necessarily an expert in the field. Normal context of use is an important concept, because it gives guidance on what information an object should contain and how it should be presented. In addition, it is crucial for the evaluation of some performance criteria such as usability, applicability, or inter-assessment efficiency. E.g. estimates about usability are meaningless unless we first answer questions like "used by whom" or "used for what purpose". For an assessment, the context of use should be clearly described under the sub-attribute Intended use and users; then, that context is used for guiding work and evaluating performance, and normal context of use is less important.

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