Information seeking in the context of writing: a design psychology interpretation of the ‘problematic situation’

Attfield, Simon and Blandford, Ann and Dowell, John (2003) Information seeking in the context of writing: a design psychology interpretation of the ‘problematic situation’. Journal of Documentation, 59 (4). pp. 430-453. ISSN 0022-0418

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Abstract

Information seeking does not occur in a vacuum but invariably is motivated by some wider task. It is well accepted that to understand information seeking we must understand the task context within which it takes place. Writing is amongst the most common tasks within which information seeking is embedded. This paper considers how writing can be understood in order to account for embedded information seeking. Following Sharples (1996), we treat writing as a design activity and explore parallels between the psychology of design and information seeking. Significant parallels can be found and ideas from the psychology of design offer explanations for a number of information seeking phenomena.
Next, we develop a design oriented representation of writing tasks as a means of providing an account of phenomena such as information seeking uncertainty and focus refinement. We illustrate the representation with scenarios describing the work of newspaper journalists.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Behaviour; Design; Information; Uncertainty; Written communications
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 11818
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Depositing User: Shrikant Chavan
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 09:36
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11818

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