Supporting complex search tasks ECIR 2015 workshop

Maria Gäde, Mark Hall, Hugo Huurdeman, Jaap Kamps, Marijn Koolen, Mette Skov, Elaine Toms, David Walsh

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There is broad consensus in the field of IR that search is complex in many use cases and applications, both on the Web and in domain specific collections, and both professionally and in our daily life. Yet our understanding of complex search tasks, in comparison to simple look up tasks, is fragmented at best. The workshop addressed the many open research questions: What are the obvious use cases and applications of complex search? What are essential features of work tasks and search tasks to take into account? And how do these evolve over time? With a multitude of information, varying from introductory to specialized, and from authoritative to speculative or opinionated, when to show what sources of information? How does the information seeking process evolve and what are relevant differences between different stages? With complex task and search process management, blending searching, browsing, and recommendations, and supporting exploratory search to sensemaking and analytics, UI and UX design pose an overconstrained challenge. How do we know that our approach is any good? Supporting complex search task requires new collaborations across the whole field of IR, and the proposed workshop will bring together a diverse group of researchers to work together on one of the greatest challenges of our field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval - 37th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2015, Proceedings
EditorsAllan Hanbury, Andreas Rauber, Gabriella Kazai, Norbert Fuhr
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319163536
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2015
Event37th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research, ECIR 2015 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 29 Mar 20152 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference37th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research, ECIR 2015


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