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Researchers from University of Copenhagen Detail Findings in Library Science (Museum Web search behavior of special interest visitors)

August 12, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Current study results on Library Science have been published. According to news originating from Copenhagen, Denmark, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "There is a current trend to make museum collections widely accessible by digitising cultural heritage collections for the Internet. The present study takes a user perspective and explores the characteristics of online museum visitors' web search behaviour."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Copenhagen, "A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was deployed in a case study at a National Museum of Military History. Quantitatively, data from a web questionnaire survey and a user study of interactive searching behaviour were collected and analysed. Qualitatively, observation protocols were coded and analysed based on inductive content analysis. It was found that metadata elements on factual object related information, provenience, and historic context was indicated to be relevant by the majority of the respondents, characterising the group of special interest museum visitors as information hungry."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Further, four main characteristics of online museum visitors' searching behaviour were identified: (a) searching behaviour has a strong visual aspect, (b) topical searching is predominantly exploratory, users apply broad known item searches, and (d) meaning making is central to the search process."

For more information on this research see: Museum Web search behavior of special interest visitors. Library & Information Science Research, 2014;36(2):91-98. Library & Information Science Research can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Inc, 360 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Library & Information Science Research - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/620211)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M. Skov, University of Copenhagen, Royal Sch Lib & Informat Sci, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Denmark, Copenhagen, Library Science

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