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Semantic Search for Biological Datasets: A Usability Study on Modes of Querying and Explaining Search Results

Löffler, Felicitas and Shafiei, Fateme and Witte, René and König-Ries, Birgitta and Klan, Friederike (2023) Semantic Search for Biological Datasets: A Usability Study on Modes of Querying and Explaining Search Results. In: 2023 Database Systems for Business, Technology and Web, BTW 2023, pp. 851-864. BTW 2023, 2023-03-06 - 2023-03-10, Dresden, Germany. doi: 10.18420/BTW2023-56. ISBN 978-388579725-8. ISSN 1617-5468.

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Dataset discovery is a frequent task in daily research practice, yet studies are missing that explore the usability of user interfaces (UI) in data portals. In particular, very few user studies exist that analyze whether particular elements in the user interface are useful for search tasks. We aim to address those needs for more specific usability evaluations in dataset search. In this work, wepresent a flexible semantic search over biological datasets with two user interfaces. The search result contains semantically related terms, such as synonyms or more specific terms, obtained from domain ontologies. We evaluated the system in a user study with 20 scholars. We focused on two components, the query input to explore a search in categories (entity types) in comparision to a single input field, and we analyzed textual highlightings in the returned datasets to study whether users are distracted by semantic information such as URIs. Our results show that users prefer interfaces with a single input field for search tasks they are not familiar with, and that users appreciate explanations with terminologies and URIs.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/197955/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Semantic Search for Biological Datasets: A Usability Study on Modes of Querying and Explaining Search Results
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Löffler, FelicitasFriedrich-Schiller-Universität Jenahttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6423-7427UNSPECIFIED
Shafiei, FatemeConcordia University, MontrealUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Witte, RenéConcordia University, MontrealUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
König-Ries, BirgittaFriedrich-Schiller-Universität Jenahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2382-9722UNSPECIFIED
Klan, FriederikeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1856-7334UNSPECIFIED
Date:6 March 2023
Journal or Publication Title:2023 Database Systems for Business, Technology and Web, BTW 2023
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 851-864
Keywords:Dataset Search, Semantic Search, Biodiversity, Life Sciences, User Interface, Usability
Event Title:BTW 2023
Event Location:Dresden, Germany
Event Type:national Conference
Event Start Date:6 March 2023
Event End Date:10 March 2023
Organizer:Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Jena
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Data Science > Data Acquisition and Mobilisation
Deposited By: Klan, Dr. Friederike
Deposited On:10 Oct 2023 08:58
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:58

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