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Information behavior research can provide a rich understanding of the context in which information systems are used and the tasks that need to be supported by information systems. Information behavior research can also provide insight into how users perceive and interact with information during the search process and the impact that user interface design has on that interaction. Why then does it seem that something is lost in translation between research results and information systems design? This panel focuses on the gap between the research on information seeking and use and its application to systems design. Panelists from industry and academia with experience incorporating the findings of information behavior research in system design will address the following issues:
1.Why is there a gap between research and design practice? How can that gap be characterized?
2.What are the obstacles to applying information behavior research to system design? How can these be overcome?
3.What is the role of information behavior research in development projects? How can research results more effectively benefit system design?
4.How can researchers become more involved in influencing design?
5.What is needed to improve communication between information behavior researchers and others involved in the design of information systems?
6.How can systems designers, vendors, and librarians who purchase and customize commercial and open source information systems address these issues?
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