Collaborative Information Seeking: Intent

Over on the FXPAL blog, Gene and I added the 2nd of a series of posts mapping out the collaborative information seeking systems domain.  Here is an excerpt:

When we view collaboration from the IR perspective, it becomes clear that collaboration does not merely refer to a decision to work together.  Rather, it refers to a decision to work together on an information need.  Users who have actively and consciously decided to work with each other on a specific information need are explicitly(intentionally) engaged in collaborative information seeking.  A user whose information seeking activities are influenced (for the better, of course) by others, but without the user’s active involvement, is implicitly or non-intentionally collaborating with others.

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