to the course homepage.
Social navigation of information space
to the 17th of April 2002
To introduce the concept
of social navigation as one of the most direct expressions of the fundamental
principle that the actions of a user at a computer is driven not simply
by a set of internal goals and processes, but by the social setting in
which people find themselves, by the action of others, individually and
collectively, and by the social nature of the work being conducted.
Navigating the web has its
difficulties. Information can be very hard to find and sometimes not even
found at all, although it can be there, in the very documents that are
being screened. How do we navigate in the information space ? How do we
perceive, select and understand text ?
Mapping social navigation
Views of information spaces
Spatial, semantic and social navigation
Space and place
Social navigation and awareness
Dourish P (1999) "Where the Footprints Lead : tracking down other roles
for social navigation". in Hook, K.,Benyon, D., Munro, A., (eds) Social
navigation of information space. Chapter 2, pp.15-32, Springer.
Suggested extra literature
Examples of exam questions
Mention three problems related to web navigation
What does it mean : users need to construct a place from the information
How could the social navigation perspective change design of web navigators?
Back to the course
Editor of this page: Maria Normark
Last update: March 13 2002
Technical support: <firstname.lastname@example.org>