Christopher Lueg (2000).
Information Seeking as Socially Situated Activity
Workshop Research Directions in Situated Computing at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2000 "The Future is Here" April 1-6, 2000, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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In these days, the term ``situated'' is increasingly used to denote that artificial entities, such as computer programs or robotic agents, interact with the environment in order to achieve some task or goal. As the ``original'' notion of ``situated'' refers to social and cultural aspects that are hardly considered in these domains, it is necessary to clarify terms used when talking about computer applications and situatedness. In this paper, we discuss implications of situatedness in its social and cultural meaning in the context of information seeking support. We proceed as follows. First, we discuss some of the varying meanings of the term ``situated''. Then, we outline how we interpret ``accounting for situatedness'' in the context of information seeking support. Finally, we discuss tools that implement aspects of what we consider important in this context.

Christopher Lueg / revised 03/31/00