Data collection methods for task-based information access in molecular medicine
Kumpulainen, Sanna and Järvelin, Kalervo and Serola, Sami and Doherty, Aiden R. and Smeaton, Alan F. and Byrne, Daragh and Jones, Gareth J.F. (2009) Data collection methods for task-based information access in molecular medicine. In: International Workshop on Mobilizing Health Information to Support Healthcare-related Knowledge Work, 16 January 2009, Porto, Portugal.
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An important area of improving access to health information is the study of task-based information access in the health domain. This is a significant challenge towards developing focused information retrieval (IR) systems. Due to the complexities of this context, its study requires multiple and often tedious means of data collection, which yields a lot of data for analysis, but also allows triangulation so as to increase the reliability of the findings. In addition to traditional means of data collection, such as questionnaires, interviews and observation, there are novel opportunities provided by lifelogging technologies such as the SenseCam. Together they yield an understanding of information needs, the sources used, and their access strategies. The present paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional and the more novel means of data collection and addresses the challenges in their application in molecular medicine, which intensively uses digital information sources.
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