Searchling: User-centered evaluation of a visual thesaurus-enhanced interface for bilingual digital libraries

Amy Stafford, Ali Shiri, Stan Ruecker, Matthew Bouchard, Paras Mehta, Karl Anvik, Ximena Rossello

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe a qualitative user study of Searchling - an experimental visual interface that allows users to leverage a bilingual thesaurus for query formulation and enhancement. The design of Searchling is based on theories of thesaurus-based interface design from Shiri et al. [1], combined with the principles of rich-prospect browsing [2]. The Searchling interface provides the user with three working spaces on one screen: the Thesaurus space, Query space, and Document space. We interviewed 15 graduate and faculty researchers at the University of Alberta, who carried out three structured tasks in a thinkaloud protocol, with simultaneous audio recording and screen capture. These participants identified a number of significant advantages to the researcher provided by Searchling, including the value of having an interface that could help with identifying search terms, suggesting preferred terms, and giving bilingual search support. They also suggested areas for future improvement, primarily related to our assumption that common knowledge of thesauri would be sufficient to make the various features clear if they were described using standard vocabulary from the thesaurus field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - 12th European Conference, ECDL 2008, Proceedings
Pages117-121
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event12th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL 2008 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: Sep 14 2008Sep 19 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5173 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other12th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL 2008
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period9/14/089/19/08

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Keywords

  • Information retrieval
  • Multilingual digital libraries
  • Thesauri
  • User evaluation
  • Visual interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Stafford, A., Shiri, A., Ruecker, S., Bouchard, M., Mehta, P., Anvik, K., & Rossello, X. (2008). Searchling: User-centered evaluation of a visual thesaurus-enhanced interface for bilingual digital libraries. In Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - 12th European Conference, ECDL 2008, Proceedings (pp. 117-121). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 5173 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-87599-4_13