E-Government and the Digital Divide: A Study of English-as-a-Second-Language Users’ Information Behaviour

Brazier, David and Harvey, Morgan (2017) E-Government and the Digital Divide: A Study of English-as-a-Second-Language Users’ Information Behaviour. In: Advances in Information Retrieval. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10193 . Springer, London, pp. 266-277. ISBN 978-3-319-56607-8

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56608-5_21


Internet-based technologies are increasingly used by organisations and governments to offer services to consumers and the public in a quick and efficient manner, removing the need for face-to-face conversations and human advisors. Despite their obvious benefits for most users, these online systems may present barriers of access to certain groups in society which may lead to information poverty.

In this study we consider the information behaviour of ten ESL (English as a Second Language) participants as they conduct four search tasks designed to reflect actual information seeking situations. Our results suggest that, despite a perception that they have a good understanding of English, they often choose documents that are only partially or tangentially relevant. There were significant differences in the behaviour of participants given their perceived confidence in using English to perform search tasks. Those who were confident took riskier strategies and were less thorough, leading to them bookmarking a larger proportion of non-relevant documents. The results of this work have potentially profound repercussions for how e-government services are provided and how second-language speakers are assisted in their use of these.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 13:03
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 20:58
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30783

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