Social information foraging and collaborative search
In this short paper, we summarized recent work in the understanding of social information foraging, and models of how users socially foraging with diverse hints. In communities of practice that depend on foraging in overly rich information environments, there appears to be pressure to self-organize into a balance of some division of labor, plus some degree of cooperation. One way to bridge between different communities of users is to diversify their information sources. We have been examining the possibility of using a collaborative search engine to achieve this effect.
Chi, E. H. ; Pirolli, P. L. Social information foraging and collaborative search. HCIC Workshop; 2006 February; Fraser CO.