Title

A Survey of Collaborative Information Seeking Practices of Academic Researchers

Abstract

Information seeking and management practices are an integral aspect of people's daily work. However, we still have little understanding of collaboration in the information seeking process. Through a survey of collaborative information seeking practices of academic researchers, we found that researchers reported that (1) the lack of expertise is the primary reason that they collaborate when seeking information; (2) traditional methods, including face-to-face, phone, and email are the preferred communication mediums for collaboration; and (3) collaborative information seeking activities are usually successful and more useful than individually seeking information. These results begin to highlight the important role that collaborative information seeking plays in daily work.

Meeting Name

2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work

Department(s)

Business and Information Technology

Sponsor(s)

University of Missouri Research Board

Keywords and Phrases

Academic Researchers; Collaborative Information Seeking; Group Work; Survey

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2005 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), All rights reserved.


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