Effectiveness of visualization for information retrieval through ontologies with entity evolution: the impact of ontology modelling

Akrivi Katifori, Costas Vassilakis, George Lepouras, and Elena Torou
International Journal of Information Retrieval Research, 5(2), 2015

Incorporating digital tools in the business and scientific research workflows is at the moment an on-going process, challenging and demanding as every domain has its own needs in terms of data models and information retrieval methods. The information in some domains involves entity evolution, a characteristic that introduces additional tasks, such as finding all evolution stages of an entity, and poses additional requirements for the information retrieval process. In this paper, we present a user study aiming to investigate how the different aspects of ontology modelling affect the performance and effectiveness of users regarding information retrieval tasks that are carried out using visualization methods. The results of the user study are analyzed and guidelines for ontology design are offered.

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