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TeamSearch: Comparing Techniques for Co-Present Collaborative Search of Digital Media

Morris, Meredith Ringel and Paepcke, Andreas and Winograd, Terry (2006) TeamSearch: Comparing Techniques for Co-Present Collaborative Search of Digital Media. In: The First IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems (Tabletop 2006), January 5-7, 2006, Adelaide, South Australia.




Interactive tables can enhance small-group co-located collaborative work in many domains. One application enabled by this new technology is co-present, collaborative search for digital content. For example, a group of students could sit around an interactive table and search for digital images to use in a report. We have developed TeamSearch, an application that enables this type of activity by supporting group specification of Boolean-style queries. We explore whether TeamSearch should consider all group members' activities as contributing to a single query or should interpret them as separate, parallel search requests. The results reveal that both strategies are similarly efficient, but that collective query formation has advantages in terms of enhancing group collaboration and awareness, allowing users to bootstrap query-specification skills, and personal preference. This suggests that team-centric UIs may offer benefits beyond the 'staples' of efficiency and result quality that are usually considered when designing search interfaces.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:CSCW, tabletop interfaces, digital libraries, collaborative search
Subjects:Computer Science > Digital Libraries
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:785
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:27 Sep 2005 17:00
Last Modified:19 Dec 2008 09:52

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