A coding system for qualitative studies of the information-seeking process in computer science research

Moral Martos, Cristian and Antonio Jiménez, Angélica de and Ferré Grau, Xavier and López Graciela, Lara (2015). A coding system for qualitative studies of the information-seeking process in computer science research. "Information Research", v. 20 (n. 4); pp. 1-38. ISSN 1368-1613.

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Title: A coding system for qualitative studies of the information-seeking process in computer science research
Author/s:
  • Moral Martos, Cristian
  • Antonio Jiménez, Angélica de
  • Ferré Grau, Xavier
  • López Graciela, Lara
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Information Research
Date: December 2015
ISSN: 1368-1613
Volume: 20
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Introduction. In this article we propose a qualitative analysis tool ?a coding system - that can support the formalisation of the information-seeking process in a specific field: research in computer science. Method. In order to elaborate the coding system, we have conducted a set of qualitative studies, more specifically a focus group and some individual interviews, and have analysed their results. Analysis. We provide a detailed description of how the qualitative studies were performed and how the subsequent analysis, refining and validation phases were carried out until we obtained the proposed coding system. Results. The coding system is presented as a list of hierarchically categorised codes that try to cover the full information-seeking process performed by researchers in computer science. In order to facilitate the understanding and later use of the codes, we also include a detailed description of each, together with real examples of use extracted from the qualitative studies. Conclusions. We present a complete list of 169 codes categorised into 13 categories that can help other researchers to analyse further qualitative results related to the information-seeking process, both at the process level and at the user level. In our case, these codes will be in the near future the seed to design a system that can adapt its functionality, visualisation and interaction based on the task at hand, the user and the context of use.

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Item ID: 41445
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/41445/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:41445
Official URL: http://www.informationr.net/ir/20-4/paper699.html#.V02fxCHby2A
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 18 Oct 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 08:48
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