An asynchronous collaborative search system for online video search

Martin Halvey, David Vallet, David Hannah, Yue Feng, Joemon M. Jose

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There are a number of multimedia tasks and environments that can be collaborative in nature and involve contributions from more than one individual. Examples of such tasks include organising photographs or videos from multiple people from a large event, students working together to complete a class project, or artists and/or animators working on a production. Despite this, current state of the art applications that have been created to assist in multimedia search and organisation focus on a single user searching alone and do not take into consideration the collaborative nature of a large number of multimedia tasks. The limited work in collaborative search for multimedia applications has concentrated mostly on synchronous, and quite often co-located, collaboration between persons. However, these collaborative scenarios are not always practical or feasible. In order to overcome these shortcomings we have created an innovative system for online video search, which provides mechanisms for groups of users to collaborate both asynchronously and remotely on video search tasks. In order to evaluate our system an user evaluation was conducted. This evaluation simulated multiple conditions and scenarios for collaboration, varying on awareness, division of labour, sense making and persistence. The outcome of this evaluation demonstrates the benefit and usability of our system for asynchronous and remote collaboration between users. In addition the results of this evaluation provide a comparison between implicit and explicit collaboration in the same search system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-748
Number of pages16
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number6
Early online date8 Jan 2010
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • video
  • search
  • user interface
  • user studies
  • asynchronous
  • collaboration
  • retrieval
  • online
  • semantic gap


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