Collaborative web search in context: a study of tool use in everyday tasks

Ryan Kelly, Stephen J Payne

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Recent research efforts have led to the creation of a number of systems that provide specialised support for collaborative web search. However, the use of these tools has not been studied outside of the laboratory, and as collaborative search becomes increasingly commonplace in everyday life, there is a need to understand whether the support provided by collaborative search systems fits with real-world information seeking practices. In the present study, we deployed two collaborative search tools to pairs of searchers with genuine information needs. We report findings from in-depth interviews conducted after searchers had used their assigned system for an extended period of time. Our findings show how system features were used and appropriated in pursuit of collaboration, throwing light on the way in which collaborative search is conducted in quotidian settings. Theoretical and practical implications of the results are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2014
Event2014 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work - MD, Baltimore, USA United States
Duration: 15 Feb 201419 Feb 2014


Conference2014 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Country/TerritoryUSA United States


  • Collaborative Search
  • Collaborative Information Seeking
  • Collaborative Software
  • human-computer interaction


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