An analysis of multimedia searching on altavista

Bernard Jansen, Amanda Spink, Jan Pedersen

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Abstract

Web searching is a significant activity for many people seeking multimedia information. Major Web search engines, such as Alta Vista, are essential tools in the quest to locate relevant online information. As such, it is important that we understand how searchers utilize these Web information systems. This paper presents research that examines characteristics of multimedia Web searching on Alta Vista. More specifically, the research questions driving this study are: (1) What are the characteristics of multimedia searching on Alta Vista? and (2) How does this multimedia searching compare to Web searching in general? The results of our research show that multimedia searching is complex relative to general Web searching and that searching specific multimedia collections does not necessarily reduce the searching complexity. We discuss the implications of the findings for the development of online multimedia retrieval systems. COPYRIGHT 2003 ACM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th ACM SIGMM International Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval, MIR 2003
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages186-192
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)1581137788, 9781581137781
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event5th ACM SIGMM International Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval, MIR 2003 - Berkeley, United States
Duration: 7 Nov 2003 → …

Other

Other5th ACM SIGMM International Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval, MIR 2003
CountryUnited States
CityBerkeley
Period7/11/03 → …

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Keywords

  • Multimedia searching
  • Search engines
  • Web searching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Signal Processing

Cite this

Jansen, B., Spink, A., & Pedersen, J. (2003). An analysis of multimedia searching on altavista. In Proceedings of the 5th ACM SIGMM International Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval, MIR 2003 (pp. 186-192). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/973264.973294