Re-leashed! The PuppyIR framework for developing information services for children, adults and dogs

Doug Dowie, Leif Azzopardi

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Children are active information seekers, but research has suggested that services, designed with adults in mind, are a poor fit to their needs [1-3]. The goal of the PuppyIR project is to design, develop and deliver an open source framework for building information services specifically for children, which incorporates the current understanding of children’s information seeking needs. This paper describes the framework’s architecture, highlights two of its novel information processing components, and marks the release of the framework to the wider Interactive Information Retrieval community. PuppyIR provides an open and common framework for the rapid prototyping, development and evaluation of information services specifically for children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval
Subtitle of host publication35th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2013, Moscow, Russia, March 24-27, 2013. Proceedings
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-36972-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


  • information retrieval
  • information seeking behaviour
  • children

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