Searching multimedia federated content web collections

Amanda Spink, Bernard J. Jansen

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Purpose: The purpose of this research is to show that federated content collections are important for providing access to multiple content repositories, including image, video, audio and Web sites. Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents findings from an analysis of differences in users' Web searching patterns as they access various federated content collections. A dataset of 4,056,374 records submitted to the Web meta-search engine were analysed. An analysis was conducted of search session length, query length, number of results pages viewed, use of systems' assistance and the frequency of repeat queries. Findings: Overall, users entered two to three terms per query and examined only the first pages of results. However, findings include differences in users' access patterns to various content collections. Web, news and audio queries were longer sessions but shorter queries. More users seeking images and videos sought systems assistance. Originality/value: This is a large-scale original study using data from a commercial Web search engine. The paper provides a valuable comparison of different types of search - text v. audio, image, etc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-495
Number of pages11
JournalOnline Information Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2006



  • Content management
  • Multimedia
  • Search engines
  • Worldwide web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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