This chapter’s purpose is two-fold: introduce the notions of collaboration and information seeking/retrieval, and provide a context in which these concepts will be discussed throughout the book. It is achieved by concisely yet clearly indicating what is meant by collaboration here, how information seeking and information retrieval (IR) are seen to be related, and what it means to collaborate in information seeking. An attempt is also made to situate collaborative information seeking (CIS) with related concepts such as collaborative information behavior and collaborative sense-making. Several examples and scenarios are presented to clarify how CIS situations arise and why we should care about them.
KeywordsCollaborative Project Information Seek Real Estate Agent Information Behavior Digital Repository
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