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Shooting the information rapids

Blandford, A.; Stelmaszewska, H.; (2001) Shooting the information rapids. In: Blandford, A. and Vanderdonckt, J. and Gray, P., (eds.) Conférence conjointe AFIHM-BCS sur l'Interaction Homme-Machine: Interactions sans frontières / Joint AFIHM-BCS conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Interactions without frontiers: IHM-HCI 2001 Vol II. (pp. pp. 51-54). Cépaduès-Éditions: Toulouse, France. Green open access

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Terms such as 'navigation' and 'information orienteering' have been applied to users working in large information spaces such as the Web or digital libraries. Such terms – and their descriptions – imply that the user is in control of the interaction, moving deliberately through the information space. In practice, as recognised in the work on situated cognition, users often behave much more reactively than this, responding to external stimuli in a fluid way. In this paper we report on user behaviour when interacting with a collection of digital libraries, focusing particularly on situations where users were switching between multiple windows.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Shooting the information rapids
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.cepadues.com/
Additional information:The IHM-HCI Conference (IHM-HCI'2001) took place between 10 - 14 September 2001, in Lille, France. For information see http://www.hcirn.com/res/event/ihm.php. Please see records http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/16837/ and http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/16838/ for other papers from this conference. Many of the papers from this joint conference were also published by Springer as 'People and Computers XV - Interaction without Frontiers: Joint Proceedings of HCI 2001 and IHM 2001'. See http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/17024/
Keywords:Digital libraries, navigation, usability
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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