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Interfaces for government metasearch

Staff - Faculty of Informatics

Start date: 26 July 2010

End date: 27 July 2010

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Paul Thomas

DATE: Monday, July 26th 2010
PLACE: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, room SI-008, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 10.30

ABSTRACT:
Metasearch tools, which combine search results from any number of independent search engines, could be useful in a range of tasks and especially for integrating information from separate government agencies.  However, it is not immediately clear what user interfaces might be appropriate for presenting results from more than one source.

This talk describes the evaluation of four interface designs with real tasks from Centrelink, Australia's social services agency, and with a working metasearch tool.  Our results demonstrate that the most familiar interface options were in fact the least liked, and that interface support for "gradual disclosure" is key.

BIO:
Paul is a postdoctoral fellow with CSIRO, Australia's largest government research organisation, where he works on information retrieval and its applications.

HOST: Prof. Fabio Crestani