The motivation behind such automatic query expansion is the benefit potentially gained from showing the user not only documents matching the original query but also those which mention other semantically relevant species which e.g., share similar habitat or taxonomic classification. For instance, when a user searches for documents pertaining to “lion”, it might be useful for him/her to find documents mentioning not only “lion” but also “Panthera leo”—the scientific name of “lion”, and “jaguar”—a big cat similarly belonging to the Panthera genus.
This feature was implemented as part of our aim to help a BHL user broaden the coverage of his/her search while hopefully keeping unwanted, noisy results to a minimum. With this survey, we are asking for your help with evaluating whether we have achieved this aim.
Before you proceed, please take time to watch the following video demonstrating the interface.
We request you to explore this search system using six different species names (scientific or vernacular names) as queries before completing the questionnaire below. Whilst three of the queries are pre-supplied by us (listed in your invitation email), for the other three you can enter your own preferred species names, as long as they belong to any of the following three taxonomic classes: “Aves” (birds), “Mammalia” (mammals), and “Magnoliopsida” (flowering plants). If using scientific names, please provide them according to the binominal nomenclature, i.e., specify only the genus and epithet, e.g., Lepus timidus and Spizella passerina. In exploring the results of each query, please select a few of the terms automatically suggested by the interface, in order to get an appreciation of the effects of the query expansion feature.
You may now go ahead and access the interface (with either Chrome or Safari), first with the three names provided to you and then with three of your own:http://nactem10.mib.man.ac.uk/va/MiBio/Search/queryExpansion.html?prot=thumb