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Webis Group, Weimar

Webis Group, Weimar

The Web Technology and Information Systems group, Webis for short (www.webis.de), is part of the media faculty at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The faculty provides, among others, the study course Computer Science and Media (both bachelor and master) and has a strong commitment to research in the field of digital media and information technology. The Webis […]

Information Retrieval between Disciplines: Computer Science and Information Science – The IR group at the University of Hildesheim

Information Retrieval Research in Germany is mainly done within the Computer Science Community represented by the Special Interest Group. But there is also a considerable amount of work done within the smaller Information Science Community in the German speaking countries. The University of Hildesheim forms a link between these otherwise largely distinct communities. Information Science […]

Kayak.com’s mobile website—with four rows of controls and a large advertisement—clearly fails to adequately prioritize its search results.

Design Principles for Mobile Search

Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines and Google’s Android Design Guidelines both provide valuable guidance for designing general mobile applications. But there are a number of design principles that can help us achieve effective mobile search experiences in particular. Namely, most mobile search applications should prioritize content over controls, provide answers over results, and ensure cross-channel continuity.

A matrix of mobile information needs.

The Information Needs of Mobile Searchers

We live in a post-desktop era. In the UK alone, 45% of Internet users used a mobile phone to connect to the Internet in 2011 [7], and Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2014 there will be more mobile Internet users than desktop Internet users globally [6]. Not only are more people connecting with mobile devices, […]

The Three Circles of Collaborative Search

The Three Circles of Collaborative Search

Search often appears personal, introspective, and private; an activity of the individual in isolation. In fact, most researchers depict search as a single-user activity. Yet a 2008 survey found that over half of respondents self-reported having co-operated with other people to search the web, while an impressive 97.1% went on to indicate at least one […]

Delivering Successful Search Within the Enterprise

There is a strange phenomenon surrounding enterprise search. Unlike the practical factors of managing enterprise content, search is shrouded by the expectations of magic.  It is the only component of a document management or content management platform that is expected to work flawlessly out of the box, just point-and-index for perfect search results every time. […]