Europeana Search Tasks (2017)

<div><div>People use digital cultural heritage sites in different ways and for various purposes. In this work, we explore what information people search for and why when using <a href="http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en">Europeana</a>, one of the world's largest aggregators of cultural heritage.</div></div><div><br></div><div>To gather these data, we implemented a pop-up survey in the Europeana site for the period of 2 weeks (21 March-4 April 2017). A total of 240 users participanted in this survey. This dataset contains users' feedback on the two pop-up survey questions:</div><div>- Q4: "What information are you looking for?", and</div><div>- Q5: "Why are you looking for this information?"</div><div><br></div><div>The responses were annotated with the following: (i) the broad type of search task; (ii) the subject content of searches; and (iii) motives for searching and uses of the information found. </div><div><br></div><div><div>For more information on the methodology and categorisation schemes used for analysing the search requests, please see the following paper: Clough, P., Hill, T., Paramita, M. L., and Goodale, P. 2017. Europeana: What Users Search For and Why. In: Lecture notes in computer science. Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2017), 18-09-2017 - 21-09-2017, Thessaloniki, Greece. Springer Verlag. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67008-9_17">https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67008-9_17</a></div><div><br></div><div>Please also refer to the paper if you use this dataset in your research.</div><div><br></div><div>If you have any questions about the dataset or this work, please contact the authors:</div><div>- Paul Clough (p.d.clough@sheffield.ac.uk)</div><div>- Timothy Hill (timothy.hill@europeana.eu)</div><div>- Monica Lestari Paramita (m.paramita@sheffield.ac.uk)</div><div>- Paula Goodale (p.goodale@sheffield.ac.uk)</div></div>