Information Retrieval

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 693–694 | Cite as

Iris Xie: Interactive information retrieval in digital environments

IGI Publishing, Hershey, PA, 2008, 376 pp. US $99.95, ISBN 9781599042404
  • Ralf Bierig
Book Review

As the title indicates, Iris Xie’s book approaches Interactive Information Retrieval (IIR) from a wide range of currently relevant digital application environments. The author links these environments with a new IIR meta model.

The book can be divided into two parts:

The first part, chap. 1 through chap. 7, provides a very thorough review of the relevant literature. Here, the reader’s attention is directed toward user-oriented IR in general, OPAC environments, online databases, web search, digital libraries, TREC, as well as a very comprehensive review of existing IIR models.

The second part introduces, verifies, and discusses a new model for IIR in the chapters 8 to 10; and chap. 11 summarizes the model and outlines a possible research agenda for the future of IIR. Chapters are often self-contained with very occasional references to similar points made earlier.

Chapters 8, 9 and 10 represent the core of the book, introducing Xie’s work, the Planned-Situational IIR model. The model...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Communication and InformationRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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