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Curiosity driven search: When is relevance irrelevant?

Millan-Cifuentes, J. D., Goker, A. S., Myrhaug, H. & MacFarlane, A. (2014). Curiosity driven search: When is relevance irrelevant? In: Elsweiler, D., Ludwig, B., Azzopardi, L. & Wilson, M. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium. (pp. 279-282). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2637002.2637042


Classical information search behaviour models based on work-task scenarios fail to explain common leisure search scenarios motivated by a hedonistic need rather than a defined information need. This paper presents work into such unstructured search driven by curiosity. In order to explore this hedonistic catalyst, a social media search application was designed in which the search experience is triggered by the user's spatio-temporal context during their exploration rather than query-response based information retrieval. We report a study with real users and a simulated casual-leisure search task where results indicated that relevance is not relevant for some searches.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Macfarlane, A | ACM 2014. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium,
Publisher Keywords: Curiosity, Casual-Leisure, Social Media, Context, Search Experience
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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