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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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1/10/23 → 30/09/26
Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated
Downloading a new normal - privacy, exclusion, and information behaviour in public library digital services use during COVID
McMenemy, D. & Ruthven, I.
18/12/20 → 17/02/22
Munro, K., Ruthven, I. & Innocenti, P., 31 May 2023, In: Journal of Documentation. 79, 4, p. 830-846 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile54 Downloads (Pure)
Contemporary spiritual seeking: understanding information interactions in contemplation and spiritualityNangia, P. & Ruthven, I., 31 May 2023, In: Journal of Documentation. 79, 4, p. 922-936 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Ian Ruthven (Advisor)1 Nov 2017 → 31 Oct 2020
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Culture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debateFile
Steven Buchanan (Participant) & Ian Ruthven (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards