Looking for volunteers for collaborative search study


We are about to deploy an experimental system for searching through CiteSeer data. The system, Querium, is designed to support collaborative, session-based search. This means that it will keep track of your searches, help you make sense of what you’ve already seen, and help you to collaborate with your colleagues. The short video shown below (recorded on a slightly older version of the system) will give you a hint about what it’s like to use Querium.

Querium is not a social search tool — you can either use it by yourself, or you can work on an information need with a small number of collaborators. Querium keeps track of the queries you ran, of the documents you found, and the notes you took, and helps you make sense of all that information.

To help us perfect the system, and to help us understand people’s behaviors when collaborating over complex information needs, we are soliciting participants for a beta deployment of about two weeks. We would like to find people who meet the following criteria:

  • Who have real information needs with respect to the kinds of documents one might find on CiteSeer
  • Who would be willing to use the system over the course of about two weeks, dividing their use into several sessions
  • Who would be willing to talk to us on the phone or by Skype about their experiences with the system

We are looking for six to eight teams of two to three people, and also a few individuals working by themselves.

The results of this study will be used to improve the design of the system prior to a long-term deployment, and to write up the work for publication at an upcoming prestigious conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Participants will be able to continue using the system after the initial experiment ends.

Please let me know if you would like to participate or if you have any questions about this research by sending me email.

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