Notes from the UBiRD and INVISQUE Meeting
11th August 2008, 14:00-16:00
Attending: Nazlin Bhimani, Hanna Stelmaszewska, Neesha Kodagoda, and William Wong
1. We reviewed the key user information search and retrieval strategies being identified by the UBiRD project. We may use frameworks such as Ellis’ (1998) information seeking behaviour model to help organise the data describing the users’ information search strategies. This framework would then give us a basis for comparing strategies across the different categories of users at each stage of the information search process, and within each of these stages.
2. From an INVISQUE perspective, we also reviewed a number of internet-based information search tools, such as Grokker, AllPlus, and
publishers’ resource discovery tools such as that provided by EBSCO, and we also compared their capabilities with that of an early prototype we have developed for another project intended to assist users with low literacy to find information in complex data sets such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. The primary purpose of this was to identify how key functionality has been implemented in current search tools.
3. Following the review, what became apparent was the large difference between the search strategies practised by the users (UBiRD study) to find scholarly information on the internet, and the information search strategies supported by current advanced search tools such as AllPlus and Grokker (INVISQUE). The next stage of our work will be (i) to find the necessary evidence to establish this difference, using findings from the UBiRD and INVISQUE studies, (ii) articulate the nature of this gap in a way that will be useful for specifying what the INVISQUE system should be capable of providing, and (iii) develop a set of specs for the design of the future INVISQUE interface