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Which User Interaction for Cross-Language Information Retrieval? Design Issues and Reflections

Petrelli, D., Levin, S., Beaulieu, M. and Sanderson, M. (2006) Which User Interaction for Cross-Language Information Retrieval? Design Issues and Reflections. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57 (5). pp. 709-722.


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A novel and complex form of information access is cross-language information retrieval: searching for texts written in foreign languages based on native language queries. Although the underlying technology for achieving such a search is relatively well understood, the appropriate interface design is not. This paper presents three user evaluations undertaken during the iterative design of Clarity, a cross-language retrieval system for rare languages, and shows how the user interaction design evolved depending on the results of usability tests. The first test was instrumental to identify weaknesses in both functionalities and interface; the second was run to determine if query translation should be shown or not; the final was a global assessment and focussed on user satisfaction criteria. Lessons were learned at every stage of the process leading to a much more informed view of what a cross-language retrieval system should offer to users.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2006 Wiley Interscience. This is an author produced version of the published paper. Uploaded in accordance with the journal's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 15:27
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.20332
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley Interscience
Identification Number: 10.1002/asi.20332
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3779

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