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Active and passive utility of search interface features in different information seeking task stages

Huurdeman, Hugo C.; Wilson, Max L.; Kamps, Jaap

Authors

Hugo C. Huurdeman

Max L. Wilson

Jaap Kamps



Abstract

Models of information seeking, including Kuhlthau’s information Search Process model, describe fundamentally different macro-level stages. Current search systems usually do not provide support for these stages, but provide a static set of features predominantly focused on supporting micro-level search interactions. This paper investigates the utility of search user interface (SUI) features at different macro-level stages of complex tasks. A user study was designed, using simulated work tasks, to explicitly place users within different stages of a complex task: pre-focus, focus, and post-focus. Active use, passive use and perceived usefulness of features were analysed in order to derive when search features are most useful. Our results identify significant differences in the utility of SUI features between each stage. Specifically, we have observed that informational features are naturally useful in every stage, while input, control features decline in usefulness after the pre-focus stage, and personalisable features become more useful after the pre-focus stage. From these findings, we conclude that features less commonly found in web search interfaces can provide value for users, without cluttering simple searches, when provided at the right times.

Citation

Huurdeman, H. C., Wilson, M. L., & Kamps, J. (2016). Active and passive utility of search interface features in different information seeking task stages

Conference Name 1st ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR'16)
End Date Mar 17, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords information seeking, stages, user interfaces, information retrieval
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31335
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2854946.2854957
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR'16). ACM. ISBN 9781450337519. doi: 10.1145/2854946.2854957.