Designing an Internet search engine on disability issues: Results of a survey of the users' information needs

Renzo Andrich, Serafino Tutino

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Abstract

In the latest years, the Internet has been playing a growing role as information source on disability-related issues. According to the ICF model, access to information is a contextual factor that may act as facilitator in helping the person's functioning in society. In this view, we developed a specialized search engine named Bussola, expanding the possibility for persons with disabilities and their care-givers to find relevant and reliable information, and to better exploit the opportunities provided by the Web. The work involved first a survey of the users' information needs (based on interviews), then the creation of a documents analysis tool based on semantic processing technology, and eventually the development of the search engine.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive Technology Research Series
Pages280-284
Number of pages5
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
Volume25
ISSN (Print)1383813X
ISSN (Electronic)18798071

Keywords

  • Information needs
  • Internet
  • Search Engines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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    Andrich, R., & Tutino, S. (2009). Designing an Internet search engine on disability issues: Results of a survey of the users' information needs. In Assistive Technology Research Series (Vol. 25, pp. 280-284). (Assistive Technology Research Series; Vol. 25). https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-042-1-280