Problems in the Use-Centered Development of a Taxonomy of Web Genres

  • Kevin CrowstonEmail author
  • Barbara Kwaśnik
  • Joseph Rubleske
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 42)


Web search engines such as Google or Yahoo determine relevance of Web pages according to the occurrence of words in the pages indexed by the engine (additional information is then used to rank these results). Unfortunately, such searches are not always sufficient to solve information needs since task-driven searchers often must distinguish between documents that share a set of keywords (i.e., a topic) but assume a different form to serve a different purpose or function. For example, before purchasing a digital camera, an individual may want to read reviews from online magazines and see the blogs in which people who have used this camera express their opinions and personal stories.


Web genres Genre taxonomy Taxonomy development Information retrieval 



This research was partially supported by NSF IIS Grant 04-14482. We thank John D’Ignazio and You-Lee Chun for their contributions to this research project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Crowston
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Kwaśnik
    • 1
  • Joseph Rubleske
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Studies, Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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