The effects of cross-modal collaboration on the stages of information seeking

Dena Al-Thani, Tony Stockman, Anastasios Tombros

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Abstract

Previous studies of users with visual impairments access to the web have focused on human-web interaction. This study explores the under investigated area of cross-modal collaborative information seeking (CCIS), that is, the challenges and opportunities that exist in supporting visually impaired (VI) users to take an effective part in collaborative web search tasks with sighted peers. We conducted an observational study to investigate the process with fourteen pairs of VI and sighted users in co-located and distributed settings. The study examined the effects of cross-modal collaborative interaction on the stages of the individual Information Seeking (IS) process. The findings showed that the different stages of the process were performed individually most of the time; however it was observed that some collaboration took place in the results exploration and management stages. The accessibility challenges faced by VI users affected their individual and collaborative interaction and also enforced certain points of collaboration. The paper concludes with some recommendations towards improving the accessibility of cross-modal collaborative search.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Volume07-09-September-2015
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334631
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

Other

Other16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period7/9/159/9/15

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Collaborative information seeking
  • Cross-modal interaction
  • Information seeking process
  • Web search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

Cite this

Al-Thani, D., Stockman, T., & Tombros, A. (2015). The effects of cross-modal collaboration on the stages of information seeking. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015 (Vol. 07-09-September-2015). [a54] Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2829875.2829925

The effects of cross-modal collaboration on the stages of information seeking. / Al-Thani, Dena; Stockman, Tony; Tombros, Anastasios.

Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015. Vol. 07-09-September-2015 Association for Computing Machinery, 2015. a54.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Al-Thani, D, Stockman, T & Tombros, A 2015, The effects of cross-modal collaboration on the stages of information seeking. in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015. vol. 07-09-September-2015, a54, Association for Computing Machinery, 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015, Barcelona, Spain, 7/9/15. https://doi.org/10.1145/2829875.2829925
Al-Thani D, Stockman T, Tombros A. The effects of cross-modal collaboration on the stages of information seeking. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015. Vol. 07-09-September-2015. Association for Computing Machinery. 2015. a54 https://doi.org/10.1145/2829875.2829925
Al-Thani, Dena ; Stockman, Tony ; Tombros, Anastasios. / The effects of cross-modal collaboration on the stages of information seeking. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, INTERACCION 2015. Vol. 07-09-September-2015 Association for Computing Machinery, 2015.
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