Search or Explore: do you know what you’re looking for?

Pearce, Jon, Chang, Shanton, Alzougool, Basil, Kennedy, Gregor, Ainley, Mary and Rodrigues, Susan (2011) Search or Explore: do you know what you’re looking for? In: OzCHI 2011, 28th November - 2nd December 2011, Canberra, Australia.

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This paper explores the distinctions between searching and exploring when looking for information. We propose that, while traditional search engines work well in supporting search behaviour, they are more limited in assisting those who are looking to explore new information, especially when the exploration task is ill-defined. We ran a pilot study using two systems: one based on a traditional database search engine, and the other – a highly innovative, engaging and playful system called iFISH – that we designed specifically to support exploration through the use of user preferences. We looked for evidence to support the concept that exploration requires a different kind of interaction. The initial results report a positive response to our exploration system and indicate the differences in preferences amongst users for systems that match their searching or exploring behaviours.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: exploration engine, engagement, flow, preference-based search, recommender system, search engine
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 11:12
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:31

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