Search Maps: Enhancing Traceability and Overview in Collaborative Information Seeking

  • Dominic Stange
  • Andreas Nürnberger
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8416)


We propose a search user interface that is especially designed to make individual contributions to a collaborative search task visible and traceable. The main goal is to support awareness, understanding, and sensemaking within a group working together on the same task. The support is achieved by visualizing the information seeking activities of the user group with an interactive two-dimensional Search Map. The users share the same Search Map and can actively collaborate and evolve their search topic together. The Search Map serves as a common ground and enables each user to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the domain in question by taking advantage of the shared view of the community.


Search Action Search Step Search User Interface Prototype Application Natural Language Description 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominic Stange
    • 1
  • Andreas Nürnberger
    • 2
  1. 1.Volkswagen AGGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer ScienceUniversity of MagdeburgGermany

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