Proceedings of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2001)
Jan. 3, 2001 to Jan. 6, 2001
Classification of concepts and terms is an effective way of organizing information for managing large information sources. In many cases, the classification schemes are devised through a painstakingly time-consuming process without user participation, and impose standardized terms as a result. However, in the context of group work in which individuals with diverse views and background work together, such an overhead and the inflexibility of term usage can undermine efficient information management and user satisfaction. Instead, a bottom-up approach can be combined in which users participate and construct such classification schemes as they explore the information space. The information organization can hence be customized to the specific group needs and term usages are grounded in the information containers themselves allowing users to interpret the meaning of terms in context. In this paper, we describe a system that constructs concept indexes, which supports such a bottom-up process of information exploration and management.
Collaborative classification, CSCW, information management
K. Nakata, "A Grounded and Participatory Approach to Collaborative Information Exploration and Management," Proceedings of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences(HICSS), Maui, Hawaii, 2001, pp. 1035.