LivingKnowledge goal is to bring a new quality into search and knowledge management technology for more concise, complete and contextualised search results.
The paper “Visual Interfaces for Stimulating Exploratory Search” co-written by R. Krestel, G. Demartini and E. Herder has been published in the Proceedings of the 2011 Joint International Conference on Digital Libraries JCDL 2011, on June 13-17, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Exploration is an activity that people undertake to broaden their knowledge on a certain topic. In contrast to regular search, which is typically aimed at obtaining a specic answer to a specic question, exploratory search should give a more complete overview of a topic. Further it should enable the discovery of related aspects, such as people, places, times and locations. Exploration demands more time, effort and creativity from the user, but rewards the user with
deeper knowledge. Therefore, users need to be stimulated to bring exploration in regular goal-directed search activities. In this paper we present a user study in which we investigate dierent kinds of exploratory behavior and goals, as well as dierent kinds of visualizations to support exploration.