Information Foraging in E-Voting

Ravi Vatrapu, Scott Robertson

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    In this paper, we present a case study of human-information interaction in the online realm of politics. The case study consists of a participant observed while searching and browsing the internet for campaign information in a mock-voting situation while taking notes that were to be shared with others. Interaction analysis of the case study data consisted of applying Information Foraging Theory to understand participant specific behaviors in searching and browsing. Case study results show skewed time allocation to activities, a tradeoff between enrichment vs. exploitation of search results, and issues with lack of scent, low value perception, and value depletion of information. Potential implications for voter-centered design of evoting
    portals are discussed and future work is outlined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    EditorsDaniel R. Olsen, Richard B. Arthur
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)9781605582474
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventThe ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2009 - Boston, United States
    Duration: 4 Apr 20099 Apr 2009
    Conference number: 27


    ConferenceThe ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2009
    CountryUnited States
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