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CoSearch: a system for co-located collaborative web search

CoSearch: a system for co-located collaborative web search,10.1145/1357054.1357311,Saleema Amershi,Meredith Ringel Morris

CoSearch: a system for co-located collaborative web search   (Citations: 49)
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Web search is often viewed as a solitary task; however, there are many situations in which groups of people gather around a single computer to jointly search for information online. We present the findings of interviews with teachers, librarians, and developing world researchers that provide details about users' collaborative search habits in shared- computer settings, revealing several limitations of this practice. We then introduce CoSearch, a system we developed to improve the experience of co-located collaborative Web search by leveraging readily available devices such as mobile phones and extra mice. Finally, we present an evaluation comparing CoSearch to status quo collaboration approaches, and show that CoSearch enabled distributed control and division of labor, thus reducing the frustrations associated with shared-computer searches, while still preserving the positive aspects of communication and collaboration associated with joint computer use.
Conference: Computer Human Interaction - CHI , pp. 1647-1656, 2008
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    • ...This relates to recent work in the area of collaborative information retrieval, which attempts to capitalize on the potential for collaboration during a variety of information seeking tasks [1, 5, 6, 7, 8]...

    Kevin McNallyet al. Social and collaborative web search: an evaluation study

    • ...A few tools have been developed to support such collaborative search tasks (Amershi & Morris, 2008; Freyne & Smyth, 2006; M...

    Sharoda A. Paulet al. Sensemaking in Collaborative Web Search

    • ...Those who build tools typically test technologies with pairs or groups (e.g., [1, 18, 19, 20]); those who study collaborative behavior often focus on the individual rather than the group [i.e., 11]...
    • ...CoSearch [1], for example, enables single user, keyboard input for queries and the capability for multiple user selection using mice...

    Sandra L. Tozeet al. Group participation in the search process?

    • ...Meanwhile, learners with one-to-one approach tend to focus on their learning instead of communicating with peers [8]...
    • ...Besides, common group-work strategies, such as division of a task into subtasks, are not possible with shared-computer practices [8]...
    • ...To solve the issues above, systems like WebSplitter [20], CoSearch [8], and CoSense [4] enable group members to use multiple input devices to control web search on one shared computer...
    • ...The finding was consistent with former studies [8] which indicated that learners in shared-computer setting had pacing problems which may be barriers of collaboration...

    Chia-Jung Changet al. The Interaction Analysis of Web Collaborative Exploration Learning in ...

    • ...IEEE Pacific Visualisation Symposium 2011 1 - 4 March, Hong Kong, China 978-1-61284-934-8/11/$26.00 ©2011 IEEE co-located, synchronous information work range from collaborative picture galleries [18], web search [1, 30], tree comparisons [13], text analysis [14], and graph visualization [12], to more general hierarchical data visualization in multiple coordinated views [28]...

    Manuela Waldneret al. Collaborative information linking: Bridging knowledge gaps between use...

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