Perspectives to the classication of information interactions: The Cool and Belkin faceted classification scheme under scrutiny

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List of Authors: Huvila I, Widén-Wulff G
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Publication year: 2006
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Book title: Proceedings of the First Symposium on Information Interaction in Context (IIiX 2006)


The faceted classification system of information interactions
proposed by Cool and Belkin is discussed in the light of two case
studies. The two examples use the classification scheme as a
structural research instrument in two different phases of
investigation: in framing the collection of data and in the analysis
of already existing data. The discussion is focussed on usability
and the issues related to the classification scheme. We conclude
that the proposed scheme is a workable instrument for studying
complex information interactions with different kinds of research
designs. The either premisory or post-collection use of the
classification scheme was recognised to have effects on the
classification outcome. The principal issues of using the scheme
seemed to relate to the frequent overlap of the facets and the
tendency of the classifications to be highly dependent on the
perspectives of the study.

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