A closer look at children's information retrieval usage: Towards child-centered relevance

Frans van der Sluis, Elisabeth M.A.G. van Dijk

Abstract

Access to information suitable and understandable for children is key to their development. Regrettably, current state-of-the-art Information Retrieval (IR) is mainly made with adults in mind, resulting in IR systems that do not suit children well: they require complicated queries and often retrieve inappropriate results in a format unsuitable for children. To conrm this, this paper presents four groups of salient problems children have with IR. To explain these problems, a comprehensive review of children's use of IR systems is given, dening relevant aspects of the user, system, interaction, and context, and relating these to the search performance of children. Based on this framework, an integrative perspective on relevance is proposed, specificially geared at children's needs. It is proposed that complexity, interestingness, and aective value are key relevance criteria for children, and should be incorporated in an information system for children, if to arrive at an optimal search result and experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages3-10
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 23 Jul 2010
EventWorkshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010 - Geneva, Switzerland

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WorkshopWorkshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period23/07/1023/07/10
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Keywords

  • IR-75068
  • METIS-276163
  • Information Retrieval
  • Children
  • Relevance
  • CR-H.3.3
  • HMI-SLT: Speech and Language Technology
  • HMI-IE: Information Engineering
  • HMI-HF: Human Factors
  • CR-H.3.1
  • EWI-18888

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van der Sluis, F., & van Dijk, E. M. A. G. (2010). A closer look at children's information retrieval usage: Towards child-centered relevance. 3-10. Paper presented at Workshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.

van der Sluis, Frans; van Dijk, Elisabeth M.A.G. / A closer look at children's information retrieval usage : Towards child-centered relevance.

2010. 3-10 Paper presented at Workshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.

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van der Sluis, F & van Dijk, EMAG 2010, 'A closer look at children's information retrieval usage: Towards child-centered relevance' Paper presented at Workshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010, Geneva, Switzerland, 23/07/10 - 23/07/10, pp. 3-10.

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2010. 3-10 Paper presented at Workshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.

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