Toward Collaborative Information Seeking (CIS)

Recently I wrote an article that deals with the notion of collaboration and proposes a model to facilitate collaboration in an information seeking process. This article has been accepted to be presented at Collaborative Exploratory Search workshop at JCDL 2008 conference and can be downloaded from here.

Abstract: It is natural for humans to collaborate while dealing with complex problems. In this article I consider this process of collaboration in the context of information seeking. The study and discussion presented here are driven by two dissatisfactions: (1) the majority of IR systems today do not facilitate collaboration directly, and (2) the concept of collaboration itself is not well-understood. I begin by probing the notion of collaboration and propose a model that helps us understand the requirements for a successful collaboration. A model of a Collaborative Information Seeking (CIS) environment is then rendered based on an extended model of information seeking.

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