Dr. Jaime Arguello receives Kilgour grant to research the effects of aggregated search coherence on search behavior

August 22, 2012

Dr. Jaime S. Arguello"The Effects of Aggregated Search Coherence on Search Behavior" is the title of a new research project that will be completed by Dr. Jaime Arguello, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) through an "Eleanor M. and Frederick G. Kilgour Research Grant Award."

The competitive grant awards were established in spring 2011 to support pilot projects that would include preliminary work that could possibly lead to full research proposals to external agencies. The criteria for the award includes, 1) the potential impact of the work for career development, and 2) the potential for subsequent funding.

Inventor, researcher, librarian and educator, Dr. Frederick G. Kilgour was a member of the SILS faculty serving as a Distinguished Research professor in 1990, teaching seminars in applications of technology for libraries. While a professor at SILS, Kilgour saw the critical need for faculty support resulting in he and Mrs. Kilgour creating the Eleanor M. and Frederick G. Kilgour Faculty Development Fund in 1993.

"It is through the incredible foresight and generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Kilgour that our faculty can begin research projects that are productive and meaningful," said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean of SILS and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. "We are already seeing great results from the seed grants provided through these research funds to faculty members last year. One of our professors recently received a $218,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) based on his initial research funded by the Kilgour's faculty development fund. We are very grateful to the Kilgours for providing this fund, which is needed more than ever during these tough financial times." 

Abstract of Dr. Arguello's project

The Effects of Aggregated Search Coherence on Search Behavior

Within information retrieval, aggregated search is the task of blending results from different specialized search services, also called verticals, into the Web search results. Aggregated search coherence refers to the degree to which results from different systems (different verticals and the web search engine) focus on similar senses of the query (e.g., “jaguar” the car vs. the animal). The proposed work will study to effect of aggregated search coherence on search behavior.  In particular, we will investigate how different factors may influence how results from one particular system (e.g., image vertical results) affect user interaction with results from a different system (e.g., Web results).

About Dr. Frederick G. Kilgour

Dr. Kilgour revolutionized the way libraries network and store information with his invention of the WorldCat database in 1971. It is one of the most consulted databases in higher education and is used daily by millions of students, teachers, scholars and researchers worldwide. In 1967, Dr. Kilgour founded the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the first and largest online library network in the world, and served as its president until 1980. The library and information science world was saddened with his passing on July 31, 2006.