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I am a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.
I work in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems.
Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.
Expertise & Capabilities
- information seeking theory
- interface design for information access
- user studies
- information retrieval
- information seeking
- qualitative and quantitative research methods
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Abduction, explanation and relevance feedback, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 1 Jan 2001
Master of Science, University of Birmingham
Award Date: 1 Jan 1993
Bachelor of Science, Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 1 Jan 1992
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DoSSIER: Domain Specific Systems for Information, Extraction and Retrieval (H2020 MSCA)
Azzopardi, L., Halvey, M. & Ruthven, I.
European Commission - Horizon 2020
1/11/19 → 31/10/23
Downloading a new normal - privacy, exclusion, and information behaviour in public library digital services use during COVID
McMenemy, D. & Ruthven, I.
AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
18/12/20 → 17/02/22
Exploring older people's challenges on online banking/finance systems: early findingsThomas, D., Chowdhury, G. & Ruthven, I., 20 Mar 2023, CHIIR '23 : Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. New York, p. 333–337 5 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution bookOpen AccessFile44 Downloads (Pure)
Informational features of WhatsApp in everyday life in Madrid: an exploratory studyMartínez-Comeche, J. A. & Ruthven, I., 1 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Information Science. 49, 1, p. 122-132 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
The information needs of young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations
Buchanan, S. (Creator), Ruthven, I. (Contributor), Jardine, C. (Contributor) & Nicol, E. (Creator), UK Data Service , 12 Mar 2019
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Ruthven, Ian (Recipient), 2010
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively
IJIDI Outstanding paper award
Oduntan, Olubukola Olajumoke (Recipient) & Ruthven, Ian (Recipient), 2020
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
University of Pretoria
Ian Ruthven (Visiting researcher)1 Jan 2021 → 31 Dec 2022
Activity: Visiting an external institution types › Visiting an external academic institution
Scottish Library and Information Council (External organisation)
Ian Ruthven (Advisor)1 Nov 2017 → 31 Oct 2020
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee
Improved user experience of the Europeana Digital Library through user-centred evaluations
Ian Ruthven (Participant), Milena Dobreva (Participant) & Emma Graham (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Culture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debateFile
Understanding the Information Needs of Young First Time Mothers from Areas of Multiple Deprivation
Steven Buchanan (Participant) & Ian Ruthven (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards