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A Goal-based Classification of Web Information Tasks

Melanie Kellar, Carolyn Watters, and Michael Shepherd

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


While researchers have been studying user activity on the Web since its inception, there remains a lack of understanding of the high level tasks in which users engage on the Web. We have recently conducted a field study in which participants were asked to annotate all web usage with a task description and categorization. Based on our analysis of participants’ recorded tasks during the field study, as well as previous research, we have developed a goal-based classification of information tasks which describes user activities on the Web.

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