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Supporting Complex Search Tasks

ECIR 2015 Workshop
  • Maria Gäde
  • Mark Hall
  • Hugo Huurdeman
  • Jaap Kamps
  • Marijn Koolen
  • Mette Skov
  • Elaine Toms
  • David Walsh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9022)

Abstract

There is broad consensus in the field of IR that search is complex in many use cases and applications, both on the Web and in domain specific collections, and both professionally and in our daily life. Yet our understanding of complex search tasks, in comparison to simple look up tasks, is fragmented at best. The workshop addressed the many open research questions: What are the obvious use cases and applications of complex search? What are essential features of work tasks and search tasks to take into account? And how do these evolve over time? With a multitude of information, varying from introductory to specialized, and from authoritative to speculative or opinionated, when to show what sources of information? How does the information seeking process evolve and what are relevant differences between different stages? With complex task and search process management, blending searching, browsing, and recommendations, and supporting exploratory search to sensemaking and analytics, UI and UX design pose an overconstrained challenge. How do we know that our approach is any good? Supporting complex search task requires new collaborations across the whole field of IR, and the proposed workshop will bring together a diverse group of researchers to work together on one of the greatest challenges of our field.

Keywords

Search Task Exploratory Search Open Research Question Breakout Group Interactive Information Retrieval 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Gäde
    • 1
  • Mark Hall
    • 2
  • Hugo Huurdeman
    • 3
  • Jaap Kamps
    • 3
  • Marijn Koolen
    • 3
  • Mette Skov
    • 4
  • Elaine Toms
    • 5
  • David Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.Humboldt University BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityUK
  3. 3.University of AmsterdamNetherlands
  4. 4.Aalborg UniversityDenmark
  5. 5.University of SheffieldUK

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