Measuring children's search behaviour on a large scale

Emiel Hollander, Theo W.C. Huibers, Hanna Jochmann-Mannak, P.E. van der Vet

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Children often experience problems during information-seeking using traditional search interfaces and search technologies, that are designed for adults. This is because children engage with the world in fundamentally different ways than adults. To design search technologies that support children in effective and enjoyable information-seeking, more research is needed to examine children’s specific skills and needs concerning information-seeking. Therefore, we developed an application that can monitor children’s search behaviour on a large scale. In this paper, we present the steps taken to develop this application. The basis of the application is UsaProxy, an existing system that is used to monitor the user’s usage of websites. We have increased the accuracy of UsaProxy and have developed an application that is able to extract useful information from UsaProxy’s log files.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication10th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop
Place of PublicationNijmegen
PublisherRadboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Number of pages71
ISBN (Print)not assigned
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2010
Event10th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop, DIR 2010 - Nijmegen, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Jan 201025 Jan 2010
Conference number: 10

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PublisherRadboud Universiteit Nijmegen


Conference10th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop, DIR 2010
Abbreviated titleDIR


  • METIS-276069
  • IR-72472
  • EWI-18224
  • data logging
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/231507
  • Children's search behaviour

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