A workshop discussing the past, present and future of searching for information and content. Social science and technological approaches are used to look at this topic from the perspective of both the producers and the users of searchable content.

‘Search!’ is the third event in the 2007 – 2008 Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) discussion seminars series. Previous events included ‘The Links between social exclusion and digital disengagement’, and the ‘Social Networking Conference’.

The different sessions that make up this day long event discuss the past, present and future of searching for information and content. Social science and technological approaches are used to look at this topic from the perspective of both the producers and the users of searchable content.

There will be four 30 minutes sessions, each with 10 minute presentations and 20 minute discussions of the topics. After two sessions longer sessions follow during which broader issues in relation to research and developments in the area of search will be discussed. The first discussion session, before lunch, will address current issues and the second session, after lunch, will focus on what we can say and want to say about the future of search and the management of digital content.

Programme

Time

Session

10:00

Coffee and Registration

10:15

Introductions by Adrian Arthur and William Dutton

10:30

Ellen Helsper: Search and the Internet: Review of Findings from OxIS

11:00

Chris Batt: Modelling Patterns of Search Behaviours

11:30

Discussion led by William Dutton: Key Themes, Their Significance, and Gaps to Address in Future Research

12:30

Lunch

13:15

Adrian Arthur: Producers of Searchable Content: Current Strategies, Issues and Innovations

13:45

Yorick Wilks: The Future: Innovations in Search Technologies

14:15

Discussion and Concluding Points of Summary, led by William Dutton and Adrian Arthur: Research Findings, and New Directions

15:00

Conclusion: Coffee and Informal Discussion

This event is organised in collaboration with the British Library. Coffee, tea, and lunch are sponsored by the Strategic Content Alliance, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

British LibraryJoint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

About the speakers

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