IWC HCI&IR Special Issue

In late 1996, Chris Johnson and Mark Dunlop hosted a one-day Workshop on HCI and IR in Glasgow (followed up in 1997). This meeting led to the production of many papers which in turn led to two special issues of Interacting with Computers, edited by Dunlop & Johnson, on HCI and IR.

This page gives an overview of these special issues and additional papers which were accepted for publication in standard Interacting with Computers issues.

Special issue 1

Subjectivity and notions of time and value in interactive information retrieval.
Chris Johnson and Mark D Dunlop     (editorial)

'Time is money', especially if you are downloading web pages over low-bandwidth telephone lines. All too often this investment goes unrewarded. Users simply cannot extract relevant information from the mass of data that is being provided over the Internet. This information saturation is exacerbated by the problems of electronic gridlock. The increasing demand for remote resources has led to increasing delays during peak periods on popular sites. This paper argues that, in the short term, technological solutions to these problems will not keep pace with the exponential growth in demand. The world's communications infrastructure cannot be improved at the rate that would be required to combat increasing retrieval delays. We, therefore, advocate interface design techniques as the only effective means of addressing the usability problems that frustrate interaction with Internet resources. Later sections introduce a central argument that links the papers in this special edition. Collaborative approaches to information retrieval, where search engines are augmented by advice from human experts, can reduce the problems of electronic gridlock and information saturation.


Interacting with Computers vol. 10 (1):

Interacting with Computers vol. 10 (2):

Special issue 2

Exploring the layers of information retrieval evaluation.
MD Dunlop, CW Johnson and J Reid.     (editorial)

This special issue presents current work on modelling interactive information retrieval systems and users' interactions with them. This introductory paper analyses the papers in the context of evaluation in information retrieval (IR) by examining the different layers at which IR system use could be evaluated. IR poses the double evaluation problem of evaluating both the underlying system effectiveness and the overall ability of the system to aid users. The papers in this collection look at different issues in combining human-computer interaction (HCI) research with IR research and provide insights into the problems of evaluating the information seeking process.


Interacting with Computers vol. 10 (3):

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