A Survey of Collaborative Information Seeking Practices of Academic Researchers
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.
Spence, P. R., Reddy, M., & Hall, R. H. (2005). A Survey of Collaborative Information Seeking Practices of Academic Researchers. Proceedings of the 2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1099203.1099216
2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work
Business and Information Technology
University of Missouri Research Board
Keywords and Phrases
Academic Researchers; Collaborative Information Seeking; Group Work; Survey
Article - Conference proceedings
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