Trailblazing Information: An Exploratory Search User Interface

  • Marcus Nitsche
  • Andreas Nürnberger
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8016)


When conceptualizing user interfaces (UIs) to support exploratory search, designers need to take into account various aspects. In contrast to ordinary information retrieval UIs, exploratory search user interfaces (XSIs) need to support users in a more complex and often long-term use scenario. Therefore aspects of Personal Information Management need to be taken into consideration. An XSI needs to provide a visually appealing overview over retrieved search results, it should offer simple ways to interact with the result set and offer easy ways of interaction to enhance the user’s search experience by direct or indirect query refinement options. In this paper we propose a possible solution to address these requirements, implemented a fully functional prototype and present the results of a conducted usability study.


Information Retrieval Search Path Problem Context Search User Interface Information Exploration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus Nitsche
    • 1
  • Andreas Nürnberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Otto-von-Guericke-University MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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