Your opinion on professional search - what can be better?
We would like to know what the wishes and requirements of professional searchers are. The overall goal of this survey is to create a roadmap for research in the improvement of professional search systems.

You can participate if you regularly perform complex search tasks at work in environments other than general web search, e.g. as an information professional, librarian, patent professional, scientist, or medical professional (see list of professions below).

Your data will only be used for the purpose of this research. The results will be shared during the first international workshop on professional search, to be held in July 2018: https://jiyinhe.github.io/ProfS2018/

Completing the survey will cost 10 to 20 minutes, depending on which parts you complete (some are optional).

Your Details
Job Title *
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Field of expertise / profession *
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Age *
Years of professional experience *
Your Search Behavior
We are interested in your work-related search behavior, in all types of search environments.
What type of search tasks do you undertake? (select all that apply) *
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How long do you spend searching for information at work each week, on average? (estimate)
How many search tasks do you perform each week, on average? (estimate)
When you search for information for professional use, which search engines/systems do you use? *
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Your Opinion
We value your opinion on search systems for work-related search. Please answer these questions for the search system you use the most frequently for work-related search
Which search system do you use the most frequently for work-related search? *
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What, in your opinion, are good features of this search system? (you may list as many as you like. Please separate with semi-colons) *
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What, in your opinion, are bad features of this search system? (you may list as many as you like. Please separate with semi-colons) *
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What features would you like to have available in the search system? (you may list as many as you like. Please separate with semi-colons)
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What would you like us, as Information Retrieval researchers, to focus our research on? *
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Example search task (OPTIONAL)
You could help us collecting example search tasks. Please describe one search task that you have undertaken recently. Please be as specific as possible (not: "trying to find papers", but "trying to find papers that referenced Ingwersen and Järvelin (2005)")
What was the goal of the search?
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Describe which actions you took to search: (which search engine, queries, metadata filters)
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Describe how you judged the relevance of the found information. What were the relevance criteria?
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What was the outcome of the search? (did you find what you were looking for, and satisfied were you?)
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Conclusion
Do you have any other comments?
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