Measuring children's search behaviour on a large scale


Hollander, Emiel and Huibers, Theo and Jochmann-Mannak, Hanna and Vet, Paul van der (2010) Measuring children's search behaviour on a large scale. In: 10th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop, January 25, 2010, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

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Abstract: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.
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