Collaborative Information Seeking

The Art and Science of Making the Whole Greater than the Sum of All

  • Chirag Shah

Part of the The Information Retrieval Series book series (INRE, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Chirag Shah
      Pages 3-9
    3. Chirag Shah
      Pages 11-24
  3. Conceptual Understanding of CIS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-40
    2. Chirag Shah
      Pages 61-86
  4. CIS Systems, Applications, and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-88
    2. Chirag Shah
      Pages 89-114
    3. Chirag Shah
      Pages 115-137
    4. Chirag Shah
      Pages 139-144
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 145-185

About this book


Today’s complex, information-intensive problems often require people to work together. Mostly these tasks go far beyond simply searching together; they include information lookup, sharing, synthesis, and decision-making. In addition, they all have an end-goal that is mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Such “collaborative information seeking” (CIS) projects typically last several sessions and the participants all share an intention to contribute and benefit. Not surprisingly, these processes are highly interactive.

Shah focuses on two individually well-understood notions: collaboration and information seeking, with the goal of bringing them together to show how it is a natural tendency for humans to work together on complex tasks. The first part of his book introduces the general notions of collaboration and information seeking, as well as related concepts, terminology, and frameworks; and thus provides the reader with a comprehensive treatment of the concepts underlying CIS. The second part of the book details CIS as a standalone domain. A series of frameworks, theories, and models are introduced to provide a conceptual basis for CIS. The final part describes several systems and applications of CIS, along with their broader implications on other fields such as computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and human-computer interaction (HCI).

With this first comprehensive overview of an exciting new research field, Shah delivers to graduate students and researchers in academia and industry an encompassing description of the technologies involved, state-of-the-art results, and open challenges as well as research opportunities.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Chirag Shah
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Communication & InformationThe State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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