“Need to Know”: Examining Information Need in Location Discourse

  • Derek Reilly
  • David Dearman
  • Vicki Ha
  • Ian Smith
  • Kori Inkpen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3968)


Location discourse involves the active or passive sharing of location information between individuals. Related applications include mobile friend locators, and location-dependent messaging. Privacy issues pertaining to location disclosure have been considered in research and relevant design guidelines are emerging, however what location information a user actually “needs to know” has received little systematic analysis to date. In this paper we present results from a questionnaire study and a diary study considering location information need. We provide a classification of location discourse and the factors which impact location need, showing that seemingly small changes in a scenario can yield drastically different location information needs. Finally, we summarize trends that are of interest to designers of location discourse applications.


Location Information Diary Entry Diary Study Location Discourse Location Requestor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek Reilly
    • 1
  • David Dearman
    • 1
  • Vicki Ha
    • 1
  • Ian Smith
    • 2
  • Kori Inkpen
    • 1
  1. 1.EDGE Lab, Dalhousie Faculty of Computer ScienceHalifax, Nova ScotiaCanada
  2. 2.Intel Research SeattleSeattleUSA

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