Building a Directory for the Underdeveloped Web: An Experiment on the Arabic Medical Web Directory

  • Wingyan Chung
  • Hsinchun Chen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4822)


Despite significant growth of the Web in recent years, some portions of the Web remain largely underdeveloped, as shown in a lack of high quality content and functionality. An example is the Arabic Web, in which a lack of well-structured Web directories has limited users’ ability to browse for Arabic resources. In this research, we proposed an approach to building Web directories for the underdeveloped Web and developed a proof-of-concept prototype called Arabic Medical (AMed) Web Directory that supports browsing of over 5,000 Arabic medical Web sites and pages organized in a hierarchical structure. We conducted an experiment involving Arab subjects and found that AMed directory significantly outperformed a benchmark Arabic Web directory in terms of browsing effectiveness and user ratings. This research thus contributes to developing a useful Web directory for organizing information of the Arabic medical domain and to better understanding of supporting browsing on the underdeveloped Web.


Browsing information seeking Arabic medical domain meta-searching Web directory underdeveloped Web user study experiment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wingyan Chung
    • 1
  • Hsinchun Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Operations and Management Information Systems, Leavey School of, Business, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053USA
  2. 2.Department of Management Information Systems, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona, AZ 85721USA

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