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From Search Engines to Augmented Search Services: An End-User Development Approach

Bosetti, Gabriela and Firmenich, Sergio and Fernandes, Alejandro and Alba Winckler, Marco Antonio and Rossi, Gustavo From Search Engines to Augmented Search Services: An End-User Development Approach. (2017) In: 17th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2017), 5 June 2017 - 8 June 2017 (Roma, Italy).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60131-1_7

Abstract

The World Wide Web is a vast and continuously changing source of information where searching is a frequent, and sometimes critical, user task. Searching is not always the user’s primary goal but an ancillary task that is performed to find complementary information allowing to complete another task. In this paper, we explore primary and/or ancillary search tasks and propose an approach for simplifying the user interaction during search tasks. Rather than focusing on dedicated search engines, our approach allows the user to abstract search engines already provided by Web applications into pervasive search services that will be available for performing searches from any other Web site. We also propose allowing users to manage the way in which the search results are presented and some possible interactions. In order to illustrate the feasibility of this approach, we have built a support tool based on a plug-in architecture that allows users to integrate new search services (created by themselves by means of visual tools) and execute them in the context of both kinds of searches. A case study illustrates the use of such tool. We also present the results of two evaluations that demonstrate the feasibility of the approach and the benefits in its use.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to Springer editor. This papers appears in volume 10360 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science ISSN : 0302-9743 ISBN: 978-3-319-60130-4 The original PDF is available at: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-60131-1_7
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidad Nacional de la Plata - UNLP (ARGENTINA)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas - CONICET (ARGENTINA)
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