PhD Defense Hugo Huurdeman
Supporting the Complex Dynamics of the Information Seeking Process 18 april, 10 u, Agnietenkapel
Search engines increasingly serve as the prime intermediaries between user and information. Their features have converged to a very streamlined set: a single search box and 10 ‘blue links’. However, in the context of complex tasks involving learning and knowledge construction, the search process is far from straightforward, as various information seeking models have evidenced. In his thesis, Hugo sheds new light on the apparent contradiction of information seeking models describing drastic changes in searchers’ feelings, thoughts and actions, and the limited task support offered by current search systems. He focuses on research-based tasks conducted via web archives and online search engines. Through literature reviews, user studies and information retrieval experiments, the thesis aims to rethink the currently dominating search approach, and ultimately arrive at more dynamic support approaches for complex search tasks.
A.P. de Vries