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Synchronous collaborative information retrieval with relevance feedback

Foley, Colum and Smeaton, Alan F. and Lee, Hyowon (2006) Synchronous collaborative information retrieval with relevance feedback. In: CollaborateCom 2006 - 2nd International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing, 17-20 November 2006, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Collaboration has been identified as an important aspect in information seeking. People meet to discuss and share ideas and through this interaction an information need is quite often identified. However the process of resolving this information need, through interacting with a search engine and performing a search task, is still an individual activity. We propose an environment which allows users to collaborate to satisfy a shared information need. We discuss ways to divide the search task amongst collaborators and propose the use of relevance feedback, a common information retrieval process, to enable the transfer of knowledge across collaborators during a search session. We describe the process by which co-searchers can collaborate effectively with little redundancy and how we can combine relevance judgements from multiple searchers into a coherent model for synchronous collaborative information retrieval

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:groupware; information needs; relevance feedback; search engines; collaborative information retrieval; information seeking; relevance feedback;
Subjects:Computer Science > Information retrieval
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Digital Video Processing (CDVP)
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Copyright Information:Copyright © 2006 IEEE. Reprinted from CollaborateCom 2006 - 2nd International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of Dublin City University's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it.
Funders:Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology, Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 03/IN.3/1361
ID Code:222
Deposited On:05 Mar 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 05 May 2010 13:03

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