Observational study into the methods people use to manage web information for re-use.
the study addressed the following:
-what methods do people use in a worksapce setting to keep relevant or potentially relevant information for subsequent reuse?
-What consideration influence the choice of methods?
-How can selection considerations help us to assess the likely success of enabling tools, current and proposed?
11 participants: observed and interviewed in their own office. 1 hour interview. 4 participant only over the phone. Before the study survey over the web. During the interview users asked to perform a web-intensive half an hour task, chosen by researchers and participants.
They noticed a great diversity in methods:
Print out the web page.
Save the web page as a tile.
Paste into a document the URL for a web page.
Add a hyperlink into a personal web site.
Search for (find again) the desired web information.
Enter the web address (UBL) directly. Or type in the first part of the address and then accept one of the browser’s suggested completions.
Bookmark the web page.
The browser support bookmarks and history. Bookmarks rarely used and history only by one guy.
Functions that influence the choices:
They then created a table with methods and functions and ranked them with low, med, high.
This study is an initial glimpse and it will be followed by in depth analysis.
Disclaimer: these summaries are made to help me remember the content and the main ideas of the paper. Since I am interested in certain aspects, I may leave out others