The AWELU Search Function

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.

A quick guide to the AWELU search function

For further reading: Function and Design (click to expand/contract)

Here are some of the sources that have been used for the development of the search function and the layout of the AWELU platform.

French, J. C., Chapin, A. C. & Martin, W. N. (June 2003). Multiple viewpoints: A
     strategy for searching multimedia content
. Paper presented at the workshop
     on Multimedia Content in Digital Libraries, Chania, Crete, Greece. Retrieved
     from http://www.cs.virginia.edu/papers/MCDL03.pdf (PDF)

French, J. C., Chapin, A. C. & Martin, W. N. (2004). Multiple Viewpoints as an
     Approach to Digital Library Interfaces. Journal of the American Society for
     Information Science and Technology, 55,
911-922. [Access via LibHub]

French, J. C., Chapin, A. C.  & Martin, W. N. (June 2002). Using multiple
     viewpoints to improve access to Earth science data
. Paper presented at the
     Earth Science Technology Conference. Pasadena, CA, USA. Retrieved from
     http://esto.nasa.gov/conferences/estc-2002/Papers/A4P2(French).pdf (PDF)

Ozok, A. A. & Salvendy, G. (2004). Twenty guidelines for the design of
     web-based interfaces with consistent language. Computers in Human
     Behavior, 20,
149-161. [Access via LibHub]

Thimbleby. H. (2002). Symmetry for successful interactive systems. [Access via
     LibHub]

Tractinskya, N., Cokhavia, A., Kirschenbauma, M. & Sharfib, T. (2006). Evaluating
     the consistency of immediate aesthetic perceptions of web pages.
     International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 64, 1071–1083. [Access via
     LibHub]