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Journal Cover Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems
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  • A study on location-based mobile map search behavior
    • Pages: 246 - 269
      Abstract: Program, Volume 50, Issue 3, Page 246-269, July 2016.
      Purpose – Mobile users increasingly employ location-based map searches in their daily lives. However, it is still relatively unknown about mobile users’ map related search behaviors. The purpose of this paper is to discover the interactions between the users and mobile map search systems, to reveal the shortcomings of existing mobile map search functions, and to propose improvement suggestions. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a set of controlled user experiments performed on the Baidu mobile phone map, this paper empirically examines users’ location-based mobile search behaviors, such as timing, metering, judging and so on. This paper also conducts statistical correlation tests to generate relation tables and diagrams regarding each variable, for example, the relation between the retrieval time and the retrieval steps. Findings – The results indicate that mobile map users have two important characteristics in their search behaviors: first, mobile map users always follow the single search path. Second, the mobile map search efficiency of users is always low. Research limitations/implications – The situation simulation testing method is mainly used for the construction of a mobile information search behavior environment, which may make the users be nervous and have some effect on the search efficiency. Practical implications – Based on the identification of user behaviors, this paper provides suggestions to optimize and improve mobile map search systems. Originality/value – This paper studies users’ mobile map search behavior based on location and explores the features of user behavior from the perspective of human-computer interaction.
      Citation: Program
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T01:47:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/PROG-11-2015-0074
  • Exploring LOD through metadata extraction and data-driven visualizations
    • Pages: 270 - 287
      Abstract: Program, Volume 50, Issue 3, Page 270-287, July 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a new approach toward automatically visualizing Linked Open Data (LOD) through metadata analysis. Design/methodology/approach – By focussing on the data within a LOD dataset, the authors can infer its structure in a much better way than current approaches, generating more intuitive models to progress toward visual representations. Findings – With no technical knowledge required, focussing on metadata properties from a semantically annotated dataset could lead to automatically generated charts that allow to understand the dataset in an exploratory manner. Through interactive visualizations, users can navigate LOD sources using a natural approach, in order to save time and resources when dealing with an unknown resource for the first time. Research limitations/implications – This approach is suitable for available SPARQL endpoints and could be extended for resource description framework dumps loaded locally. Originality/value – Most works dealing with LOD visualization are customized for a specific domain or dataset. This paper proposes a generic approach based on traditional data visualization and exploratory data analysis literature.
      Citation: Program
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T01:47:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/PROG-12-2015-0079
  • Library patrons’ emotions after information retrieval: effects of
           perceived self-efficacy
    • Pages: 288 - 302
      Abstract: Program, Volume 50, Issue 3, Page 288-302, July 2016.
      Purpose – Successful information retrieval is determined by library patrons retrieving accurate, relevant, and up-to-date information stored in documents; this affects their self-efficacy, emotions, and behavior. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of mastery experiences, self-evaluation, vicarious observation of others’ experiences, social feedback, and physiological state of library patrons’ emotions after information retrieval. Design/methodology/approach – A structured close-ended questionnaire survey was utilized of which 200 responses were valid and usable for data analysis. Multiple regression analysis was executed to assess the influence of personal self-evaluation, comparisons with others, physiological state, and social feedback, on the library patrons’ emotions after information retrieval. Findings – The findings of this study indicated that social feedback had the greatest influence on the library patrons’ emotions after information retrieval, followed by personal self-evaluation and physiological state. Originality/value – This study employed quantitative research design utilizing multiple regression analysis which provides useful insight for university librarians on the specific factors that have significant effects on library patrons’ emotions after information retrieval. The outcomes add a new perspective to preceding studies on library patrons’ emotions after information retrieval, which has previously been inadequately researched in the Malaysian setting.
      Citation: Program
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T01:47:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/PROG-07-2014-0045
  • Developing definitions of research information metadata as a wicked
    • Pages: 303 - 324
      Abstract: Program, Volume 50, Issue 3, Page 303-324, July 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on the development of definitional standards for research information as a wicked problem. A central solution strategy for such problems, increasing transparency by argumentation visualisation, is being evaluated. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative formal content analysis is used in order to examine whether the process of definition standardisation in the project can be characterised as a wicked problem. Action Research is used to assess the effect of argumentation visualisation in the project. Findings – The results of the content analysis confirm the interpretation of the standardisation process as a wicked problem. The implementation of argumentation visualisation shows to increase the meetings’ focus and effectiveness. Research limitations/implications – The relationship between information exchange, transparency and acceptance of the development result should be addressed in future empirical analyses. Visualisation solutions require further development in order to accommodate needs of the stakeholders. Practical implications – Argumentation visualisation is of high value for finding a consensus for definitional standards and should be considered for managing and exchanging information. Originality/value – Applying solution strategies from design research on wicked problems to large-scale standardisation efforts opens up new possibilities for not only handling such projects but also providing new avenues of research for both the design and research information communities.
      Citation: Program
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T01:47:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/PROG-01-2015-0009
  • Added value in the context of research information systems
    • Pages: 325 - 339
      Abstract: Program, Volume 50, Issue 3, Page 325-339, July 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss added value in the context of current research information systems (CRISs) based on metadata enrichment. Design/methodology/approach – This discussion paper uses literature review as well as analysis of CRISs specifications to discuss added value possibilities. Findings – Added value of the CRISs is in their integration and interoperability with the same and similar information systems. Since metadata plays key roles in interoperability of information systems, therefore focussing on metadata-related issue can add considerable values to CRISs. Two types of metadata can be distinguished in every CRISs including macro- and micro-metadata. In terms of macro-metadata common European research information format (CERIF) by itself is an added value for CRIS because it draws a complete view of the research landscape including entities and their relations. CERIF metadata structure is designed in such a way that supports micro- and macro-metadata. Originality/value – There is a lack of literature on adding value to research information systems especially CRIS and particularly how value can be added in CRISs still is an unanswered question. CRIS developers can use this paper as a road map to choose the most valuable strategy for adding value to their systems.
      Citation: Program
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T01:46:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/PROG-10-2015-0067
  • Web directories: selected features and their impact on directory quality
    • Pages: 340 - 352
      Abstract: Program, Volume 50, Issue 3, Page 340-352, July 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is statistical examination of nearly 7,000 web directories and an analysis of factors which affect their quality measured by PageRank. Design/methodology/approach – The authors analysed 6,821 directories registered at The following information about the directories was examined: the year of registration on the website, the directory’s PageRank value, the existence of an active IP address, backlink requests, a fee charged for submission to the directory, as well as directory moderation and subject. Statistical analyses were performed with the use of Microsoft Excel, version 2010, and R software, version 3.0.0. The PageRank values were collected with a software written in Python. Findings – The study has shown a gradual increase in popularity of directories as one of the basic tools in search engine optimisation. The analysis has indicated a relatively high percentage of spam web directories. The evidence of this is the number of directories with undetermined PageRank values. The study revealed that careful management of a directory and its subject have key impact on directory quality measured by PageRank. Originality/value – Relatively few publications focus on the problem of web directories which represent a very large group of websites created solely to manipulate web search engine rankings. This paper discusses the phenomenon of web directories, reveals the percentage of spam directories, and factors which affect their quality measured by PageRank.
      Citation: Program
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T01:46:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/PROG-08-2014-0060
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