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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2012, Vol. Issue (9): 62-68    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2012.09.11
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A Study on Users’ Collaborative Information Seeking Behavior and System Evaluation——A Perspective of Tasks and Collaborative Abilities
Qiu Jin, Wu Dan
School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Abstract  Several data collection methods such as log analysis, semi-structured interview, questionnaires and data analysis methods such as mathematical statistics, content analysis are adopted in an experiment and its result analysis of users’ collaborative information search on the Coagmento system. The results show that tasks and collaborative abilities do have impacts on users’ collaborative information seeking behaviors. Collaborative abilities have influence on the behavior of “Recommend”, while tasks have influence on the behaviors of “Webpage”, “Search”, and “Image”. The participants with higher collaborative abilities get better retrieval effectiveness than those with lower collaborative abilities in the experiment. Therefore, collaborative information retrieval system is more suitable for users with strong collaborative abilities to collaborate on complex tasks.
Key wordsCollaborative information search      User behavior      System evaluation      Collaborative ability      Task     
Received: 18 July 2012      Published: 25 December 2012



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Qiu Jin, Wu Dan. A Study on Users’ Collaborative Information Seeking Behavior and System Evaluation——A Perspective of Tasks and Collaborative Abilities. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2012, (9): 62-68.

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