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Online information access systems in the construction industry

Lookup NU author(s): Sameh Shaaban, Dr John Kamara


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The growth and widespread use of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) has led to increased dependence on online information resoures in the construction industry, and with it, the problem of information overload. This has also led to the development of various Online Information Access Systems (OIAS) such as search engines and domain specific web portals, to ensure the retrieval of relevant information from the WWW. This paper provides an overview of current OIAS and uses the results from a detailed study of information seeking patterns of industry professionals to assess their effectiveness. The paper concludes with suggestions on how Online Information Access Systems can be improved using Information Visualisation (IV) techniques.

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Author(s): Shaaban SM, Kamara JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Year: 2004

Volume: 2

Issue: 4

Pages: 257-272

ISSN (print): 1570-7822

ISSN (electronic): 1570-7830

Publisher: Millpress Science Publishers