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I am a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.
I work in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems.
Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.
Expertise & Capabilities
- information seeking theory
- interface design for information access
- user studies
- information retrieval
- information seeking
- qualitative and quantitative research methods
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 1 Jan 2001
Master of Science, University of Birmingham
Award Date: 1 Jan 1993
Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 1 Jan 1992
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1/11/19 → 31/10/23
Downloading the new normal: exploring public library digital service use during COVID: some preliminary findings from Scottish dataRobinson, E., McMenemy, D. & Ruthven, I., 7 Jun 2021. 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Engaging interaction and long-term engagement with WhatsApp in an everyday life context: exploratory studyMartínez-Comeche, J-A. & Ruthven, I., 24 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Documentation. 77, 4, p. 825-850 26 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Ian Ruthven (Advisor)1 Nov 2017 → 31 Oct 2020
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee
Ian Ruthven (Participant), Milena Dobreva (Participant) & Emma Graham (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Culture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debateFile
Steven Buchanan (Participant) & Ian Ruthven (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards