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Designing for Uncertainty

Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson; Marcia J. Bates; Jennifer Berryman; Sanda Erdelez; Jannica Heinstrom

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


This panel will discuss the prospect of designing for uncertainty - that is creating information systems based on the premise that (in certain situations) uncertainty can be a powerful mediating strategy for people. While many researchers have acknowledged uncertainty can have positive effects, there is very little research detailing these positive impacts and analyzing the potential interplay between 'positive' and 'negative' experiences of uncertainty. The selected panelists contribute rich descriptions of the complexity of uncertainty that draw on their own diverse research projects. Through individual contributions examining uncertainty from different angles, the panel will invite the audience to consider the implications of recognizing uncertainty's potential as a powerful mediating strategy for information seeking and use:

-What is the role of uncertainty in learning and work contexts?

-Under which circumstances is uncertainty experienced as negative, and under which circumstances may it be a positive force?

-How might intermediaries and system designers identify situations where uncertainty should be supported?

-Can we personalize system responses to support individual uncertainty tolerances? Five contributors will examine the spectrum of uncertainty perceptions emerging from their own information retrieval and information seeking research. Each panelist will make a short introductory presentation before opening a Q&A session. The panel will invite the audience to discuss the implications of the motivating and enticing aspects of uncertainty presented for professional practice and for system design.

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