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Advancing Relevance Research: Theory Integration, Methodological Progress, and Critical Questions

Peiling Wang (Coordinator), Katriina Byström, Colleen Cool, Stefano Mizzaro, Tefko Saracevic, Pertti Vakkari, Marilyn Domas White

Presented at ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting -- Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back (ASIST AM 03 2003), Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 20 - 23, 2003


Relevance is a classic topic of longevity in information science. Researchers of information retrieval are concerned with the performance and design of IR systems for which relevance is a major evaluation criterion; researchers in information seeking and use are interested in understanding how the users find and use relevant information for specific tasks at hand in various situations and contexts. This program aims to bring together seasoned researchers to continue the panel session on Current Relevance Research presented at ASIS&T Annual Conference, 2002. The 2002 panel provided a brief overview of the status of relevance research and user criteria. The turnout was very good and the many questions from the attendees encourage and promise continued discussion and debates on the topic. To strike while the iron is hot, this year?s program combines a formal panel session with an extended interactive session outside of the official conference program to engage in in-depth discussion. The panel session focuses on the following issues:

· Theory integration · Progress in methodologies and empirical studies · Critical questions for future research

Participants are invited to join the speakers in further discussion and brainstorming via an extended informal session. This informal session will be planned as a Dutch treat breakfast, lunch, or dinner as soon as the preliminary conference program is announced. Call for participation will be announced via SIG USE and SIG CRS. Signup sheets for this session will be posted on SIGs? Homepages, at the conference on Message Board, and at the panel session. Questions may be submitted in advance to panel coordinator.

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