Do users benefit from controlled vocabularies in search interfaces?

Ying-Hsang Liu, Paul Thomas, Jan-Felix Schmakeit, Tom Gedeon

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    Search providers in domains from medicine to news have long labelled documents with controlled vocabularies, to help users explore their collections. These vocabularies are expensive to build and use,however, and seem to be useful mostly for domain experts. This paper describes an ongoing gaze-tracking study which asks whether users notice controlled vocabularies when they are exposed in a search interface; whether they make use of them; and whether this improves search. We also hope to learn what effect several standard search interfaces have on the use of controlled vocabularies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuropean Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval
    EditorsJames Kalbach James Kalbach
    Place of PublicationNetherlands
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventEuroHCIR 2012: 2nd Workshop - Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Netherlands
    Duration: 24 Aug 201225 Aug 2012

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    ISSN (Print)1613-0073


    WorkshopEuroHCIR 2012: 2nd Workshop


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