The Information Retrieval Series

Collaborative Information Seeking

The Art and Science of Making the Whole Greater than the Sum of All

Authors: Shah, Chirag

  • Provides the first comprehensive overview of an exciting new research field, combining information retrieval, groupware, human-computer interaction, and Web design
  • Demonstrates how traditional theories and models of information seeking as well as groupware systems relate to the newer notions of social media and participatory Web applications
  • Discusses not only theories, models, and systems relating to CIS, but also challenges and opportunities for researchers and developers
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About this book

Today’s complex, information-intensive problems often require people to work together. Mostly these tasks go far beyond simply searching together; they include information lookup, sharing, synthesis, and decision-making. In addition, they all have an end-goal that is mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Such “collaborative information seeking” (CIS) projects typically last several sessions and the participants all share an intention to contribute and benefit. Not surprisingly, these processes are highly interactive.

Shah focuses on two individually well-understood notions: collaboration and information seeking, with the goal of bringing them together to show how it is a natural tendency for humans to work together on complex tasks. The first part of his book introduces the general notions of collaboration and information seeking, as well as related concepts, terminology, and frameworks; and thus provides the reader with a comprehensive treatment of the concepts underlying CIS. The second part of the book details CIS as a standalone domain. A series of frameworks, theories, and models are introduced to provide a conceptual basis for CIS. The final part describes several systems and applications of CIS, along with their broader implications on other fields such as computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and human-computer interaction (HCI).

With this first comprehensive overview of an exciting new research field, Shah delivers to graduate students and researchers in academia and industry an encompassing description of the technologies involved, state-of-the-art results, and open challenges as well as research opportunities.

About the authors

Chirag Shah is an assistant professor at the Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) within the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. His research interests include various aspects of interactive information retrieval/seeking, especially in the context of online social networks and collaborations, contextual information mining, and applications of social media services for exploring critical socio-political issues. He has published extensively on these topics, and received Best Paper awards at several renowned conferences. 

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From the reviews:

“The theory and systems of collaborative information seeking as well as the evaluation thereof, is the focus of Shah’s new book, Collaborative Information Seeking. … Collaborative Information Seeking is essential reading for collaborative information seeking scholars. It reads easily, is well organised and provides both a framework for thinking about and studying collaborative information seeking.” (Madely du Preez, Online Information Review, Vol. 37 (3), 2013)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Collaborative Information Seeking
Book Subtitle
The Art and Science of Making the Whole Greater than the Sum of All
Authors
Series Title
The Information Retrieval Series
Series Volume
34
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-28813-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-28813-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-28812-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43899-8
Series ISSN
1387-5264
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 185
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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