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Article: Designing the user interface and functions of a search engine development tool

TitleDesigning the user interface and functions of a search engine development tool
Authors
KeywordsSearch Engine Development Tools
User Evaluation
Web Search
Issue Date2010
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/dss
Citation
Decision Support Systems, 2010, v. 48 n. 2, p. 369-382 How to Cite?
AbstractSearch engine development tools have been made to allow users to build their own search engines. However, most of these tools have been designed for advanced computer users. Users without a full understanding of topics such as Web spidering would find these tools difficult to use due to different issues in terms of user interface, performance, and reliability. In view of these issues, we presented a tool called SpidersRUs to strike a balance between usability and functionality. On one hand, beginners should be able to operate the tool by using the basic functions needed to build a search engine. On the other, advanced users should be given the options to exert a higher level of customization while working on the tool. To study the interface design of SpidersRUs, we compared its usability and functionality from the users' perspective with two other development tools, namely Alkaline and Greenstone, in an evaluation study. Our study showed that SpidersRUs was preferred over the other two, particularly in areas of screen layout and sequence, terminology and system information, and learning to use the system. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178038
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.604
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.262
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dc.contributor.authorWong, CHen_US
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dc.date.issued2010en_US
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dc.description.abstractSearch engine development tools have been made to allow users to build their own search engines. However, most of these tools have been designed for advanced computer users. Users without a full understanding of topics such as Web spidering would find these tools difficult to use due to different issues in terms of user interface, performance, and reliability. In view of these issues, we presented a tool called SpidersRUs to strike a balance between usability and functionality. On one hand, beginners should be able to operate the tool by using the basic functions needed to build a search engine. On the other, advanced users should be given the options to exert a higher level of customization while working on the tool. To study the interface design of SpidersRUs, we compared its usability and functionality from the users' perspective with two other development tools, namely Alkaline and Greenstone, in an evaluation study. Our study showed that SpidersRUs was preferred over the other two, particularly in areas of screen layout and sequence, terminology and system information, and learning to use the system. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_US
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dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/dssen_US
dc.relation.ispartofDecision Support Systemsen_US
dc.subjectSearch Engine Development Toolsen_US
dc.subjectUser Evaluationen_US
dc.subjectWeb Searchen_US
dc.titleDesigning the user interface and functions of a search engine development toolen_US
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