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By Preben Hansen, Visit Amazon's Chirag Shah Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Chirag Shah, , Claus-Peter Klas

Compiled through global- category leaders within the box of collaborative info retrieval and seek (CIS), this e-book centres at the suggestion that details looking isn't really continually a solitary job and dealing in collaboration to accomplish information-seeking initiatives will be studied and supported.

Covering features of theories, versions, and functions the ebook is split in 3 parts:

· most sensible Practices and reports: supplying an outline of present wisdom and cutting-edge within the field.

· New domain names: covers many of the new and intriguing possibilities of employing CIS

· New suggestions: specializes in new study instructions via students from academia and from round the world.

Collaborative info Seeking presents a worthwhile reference for scholar, academics, and researchers drawn to the world of collaborative paintings, details seeking/retrieval, and human-computer interaction.

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As we saw before, many tough situations call for collaboration. Through collaboration we could achieve something greater than what any of us could individually. An early proof of this in exploratory search setting can be found in Pickens et al. (2008), where the authors showed how during a video search task, those working in collaboration (albeit mediated by a system) were able to get to some of the useful results that no individual could, increasing both relevancy and novelty. This brings us to a point where we can think about what it is about CIS that we still don’t understand, know, or have.

While these studies explore how and why CIS manifests itself in different domains, discussions about how to study CIS have been scarce. The research area of CIS may, however, benefit from a discussion of methodological issues. This chapter describes the application of three methods for collecting and analyzing data in three CIS studies. The three methods are Multidimensional Exploration, used in a CIS study of students’ information behavior during a group assignment; Task-structured Observation, used in a CIS study of patent engineers; and Condensed Observation, used in a CIS study of information-systems development.

Especially when observing the on-site work tasks, we did not know beforehand when a task should be deemed to end or what the observed task would lead to. Task-structured Observation proposes to be applied in research that deals with investigating search-tasks embedded in real work tasks. We suggest using observation as the main method, but combined with other data-collection techniques such as, in this case, electronic diaries, log-files, and interviews. What to combine observations with is related to what types of data 2 Studying Collaborative Information Seeking: Experiences with Three Methods 27 to collect.

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