We have developed a markedly interactive search function which yields several types of search results. The search function itself relies on multiple "Viewpoints" in order to improve the retrieval of information from vast data amounts. Furthermore, the search results are presented using the colour-coded approach used in the AWELU navigation system. This helps the user establish to which of the eight AWELU sections a certain search result belongs ("Symmetry"). For further information about "Viewpoints" and "Symmetry", see the fold-down text element below.
In addition, the search results are based on “algorithmic” search strategies (word forms, key words), as well as on “heuristic” strategies (meta data). In order to increase the interaction between the AWELU user and the platform, replies are generated as soon as the user starts typing a search word into the search box. This allows the user to modify or adjust the search if needed.
The AWELU search function is thus developed on the assumption that AWELU users not only want to find information, but also want to discover the material that is available on the platform. Information should also be retrievable for users who are not familiar with the relevant terminology.