Rethinking the Search Experience: What Professional Search Systems Could Do Better?

  • Michail Salampasis
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 390)


This paper presents the traditional Information Retrieval (IR) model which is implemented in current search engines that support web search. Professional search is defined and the parameters that differentiate professional search from web search are discussed. Then, another model that provides an increased design space for developing Integrated Professional Search (IPS) systems is presented. The framework the model suggests facilitates loosely coupled IPS systems in which each of their search tools have little or no knowledge of the details of other search tools or components. The paper also describes, as a case study of an IPS, the architecture and the main functionalities of a patent search system. The integration of a search tool into this search system is discussed to demonstrate how analysing search experience facilitates straightforward integration and the effective use of integrated search tools.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michail Salampasis
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  1. 1.Department of InformaticsTechnology Educational Institute of ThessalonikiGreece

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