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Current 2005
Volume 2   Issue 1

 

User-Centred Interactive Search with Digital Libraries

Ann Blandford, George Buchanan
UCL Interaction Centre
University College London
Remax House, 31-32 Alfred Place
London WC1E 7BT, UK
{A.Blandford, G.Buchanan}@ucl.ac.uk
Claire Warwick and Jon Rimmer
School of Library, Archive and Information Studies
University College London
London WC1E 7BT, UK
C.Warwick@ucl.ac.uk

<http://www.uclic.ucl.ac.uk/people/a.blandford/DLUsability/UCIS.html>

 

Effective working with information is central to most knowledge-based activities. There is an ongoing shift towards digital provision of information, including through digital libraries. However, few knowledge workers have strong information seeking skills, and existing digital libraries provide poor support for acquiring such skills. One reason for poor support for skill development is that the focus of most past research has been on the improvement of system capabilities (through work in information retrieval). Another is that there have been very few studies of how information seeking skills develop over time, and therefore of how this development can be supported. In parallel, although there is an established tradition of studying information seeking, little of this work has addressed how information seeking fits within the broader information task, such as writing, and how the detailed design of the system interface influences individual behaviour. This project takes a three-pronged approach: studying use in context with Humanities users (chosen as a group who typically have impoverished information seeking skills in digital environments); studying the development of expertise with information management students; and developing and testing novel interface features that support novice users and the development of expertise.

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Some Research Questions

  • How do digital resources support humanities students progress from novice to expert researchers?
  • How do current resources fit into humanities scholars' research activities?
  • What are the user and system requirements for future digital libraries?

This project is funded by the EPSRC (GR/S84798).

 

© Copyright 2005 Ann Blandford, George Buchanan, Claire Warwick and Jon Rimmer
Some or all of these materials were previously published in the Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, ACM 1-58113-876-8/05/0006.

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