• Lene Steenbuch Yde
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
This master thesis is inspired by a study of Rieh (2004) with the objective to characterize web searching in the home environment. Today, new platforms, like smartphones and tablets, means that it is possible to be online everywhere at all times, which means no limitations for when and where information searching on the World Wide Web can be carried out. This raises the question of whether information searching has become more closely integrated into people’s everyday lives, which could mean new challenges for web-based information systems. Therefore, this master thesis aims to understand, how the web search of ordinary users are affected by the new technologies and platforms in the context of everyday life information seeking (ELIS), with focus on leisure. This is answered through three research questions, concerned with understanding users’ experiences and attitudes towards web search engines; the characteristics of different search situations; and the underlying factors that drives users to search on the Web. The study included 16 Danish participants in the age of 23-75, and the data were collected through a combination of semi-structured diaries kept over a 3-5 days period with follow-up interviews which on average lasted 30 minutes. The diaries were to be kept every time a participant searched for information through a web search engine. The diaries were digital and available online. Most of the interviews were carried out by telephone or video calls. The diaries and the transcribed interviews constituted the data which was analyzed with open coding. The main conclusion is that despite the fact that new technologies and platforms means that we can access the Web at all times and everywhere, the home still constitutes the most common framework for ELIS with focus on leisure. However, the mobility of the new platforms has led to that information searching on the Web at home has moved from workrooms to living rooms, and the activity is basically carried out anywhere at home. The platforms act as personal tools that are tightly integrated into everyday life. Outside the home the partipants of this study showed limited search activity. The results are specific to this master thesis, but they show some trends and patterns which future studies can build more spec
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  • ELIS, informationssøgning, det kognitive synspunkt, brugerstudier, websøgemaskiner, hverdagsinformationsadfærd, dagbogsstudie, World Wide Web