The user

June 10, 2008

“Early studies of information retrieval systems featured quantitative approaches characteristic of the physical science”- Mathematical formulas for precision and recall created an aura of objectivity for the nascent field of information science. And yet behind every formula lurked a variable that resisted isolation. Today we call this infuriating variable “the user” and we recognize that research must integrate rather than isolate the goals, behaviors and idiosyncrasies of the people who use the systems.”

From: Morville, Peter (2005), Ambient Findability, Sebastopol: O’Reilly, p. 54

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