The position in this project is no longer available.
The ability to search and browse through large document repositories in an exploratory fashion offers the potential to organize content, facilitate workflows (like system reviews), enable new discoveries, and help sense-making activities. The focus of this PhD will be to study the information seeking behaviors of academics and create tools that help support the tasks. The main objectives of the project will be:
The project is expected to result in the development of a number of prototype applications which will be evaluated with end-users providing evidence regarding the utility and usefulness of novel, configurable search and filtering interfaces. The empirical estimates of the costs and benefits will help to inform theory and method development (in other projects, e.g. Project 11 and Project 12) as well as provide empirical evidence for conceptual workflow models used in academic search tasks (e.g. literature reviews, monitoring, landscaping, etc).