A survey of collaborative information seeking practices of academic researchers

Patricia Ruma Spence, Madhu C. Reddy, Richard Hall

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Abstract

Information seeking and management practices are an integral aspect of people's daily work. However, we still have little understanding of collaboration in the information seeking process. Through a survey of collaborative information seeking practices of academic researchers, we found that researchers reported that (1) the lack of expertise is the primary reason that they collaborate when seeking information; (2) traditional methods, including face-to-face, phone, and email are the preferred communication mediums for collaboration; and (3) collaborative information seeking activities are usually successful and more useful than individually seeking information. These results begin to highlight the important role that collaborative information seeking plays in daily work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGROUP'05 - Proceedings of the 2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work
Pages85-88
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP'05 - Sanibel Island, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2005Nov 9 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work

Other

Other2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP'05
CountryUnited States
CitySanibel Island, FL
Period11/6/0511/9/05

Keywords

  • Academic researchers
  • Collaborative information seeking
  • Group work
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Spence, P. R., Reddy, M. C., & Hall, R. (2005). A survey of collaborative information seeking practices of academic researchers. In GROUP'05 - Proceedings of the 2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work (pp. 85-88). (Proceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work). https://doi.org/10.1145/1099203.1099216