Social Information Seeking in Digital Libraries

Social Information Seeking in Digital Libraries

George Buchanan (University of Waikato, New Zealand) and Annika Hinze (University of Wales, Swansea, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-543-6.ch007
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Information seeking is a complex task, and many models of the basic, individual seeking process have been proposed. Similarly, many tools now exist to support “sit-forward” information seeking by single users, where the solitary seeker interacts intensively with a search engine or classification scheme. However, in many situations, there is a clear interaction between social contexts beyond the immediate interaction between the user and the retrieval system.

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