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An investigation of image users across disciplines: A model of image needs, retrieval and use

Joan Beaudoin

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


This study proposes an investigation of several image user groups with the goal of developing a theoretical model to clarify image needs, retrieval and use. By examining several groups of users (archaeologists, architects, art historians and artists), who are comparable in their heavy reliance on images of cultural materials to perform their work, the research will clarify the groupsí similarities and differences. The information gleaned from this investigation will in turn help explain how extensive the influence of discipline and task are on image needs, retrieval and use. Beyond adding to the limited body of knowledge about information behaviors surrounding images, the research will expand our understanding of specific user needs to inform system design. This understanding is critical since system development often occurs without a full understanding of usersí needs, the tasks they perform or their frames of knowledge. With the proliferation of images witnessed in recent years comes an increased need for research to clarify and explain image usersí needs, modes of retrieval and use of visual information. This study will begin work in this direction by developing a comprehensive framework of image usersí behaviors.

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