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Desiderata for Exploratory Search Interfaces to Web Archives in Support of Scholarly Activities

Desiderata for Exploratory Search Interfaces to Web Archives in Support of Scholarly Activities

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Title: Desiderata for Exploratory Search Interfaces to Web Archives in Support of Scholarly Activities
Author: Jackson, Andrew
Lin, Jimmy
Milligan, Ian
Ruest, Nick
Abstract: Web archiving initiatives around the world capture ephemeral web content to preserve our collective digital memory. In this paper, we describe initial experiences in providing an exploratory search interface to web archives for humanities scholars and social scientists. We describe our initial implementation and discuss our finding in terms of desiderata for such a system. It is clear that the standard organization of a search engine results page (SERP), consisting of an ordered list of hits, is inadequate to support the needs of scholars. Shneiderman's mantra for visual information seeking ("overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand") provides a nice organizing principle for interface design, to which we propose an addendum: \Make every-thing transparent". We elaborate on this by highlighting the importance of the temporal dimension of web pages as well as issues surrounding metadata and veracity.
Sponsor: This research was supported by a research grant -- 435-2015-0011 -- issued by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Subject: web archiving
shine
metadata
faceted browsing
veracity
shneiderman's mantra
Type: Article
Rights: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2910896.2910912
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2910896&picked=prox
http://dl.acm.org/dl.cfm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/31236
http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2910896.2910912
Citation: Andrew Jackson, Jimmy Lin, Ian Milligan, and Nick Ruest. Desiderata for Exploratory Search Interfaces to Web Archives in Support of Scholarly Activities. Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE/ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2016), June 2016, Newark, New Jersey.
Date: 2016

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