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"A process of controlled serendipity": An exploratory study of historians' and digital historians' experiences of serendipity in digital environments

Kim Martin, Anabel Quan-Haase
2017 Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology  
We investigate historians' experiences with serendipity in both physical and digital environments through an online survey.  ...  Historians also create heuristic methods of using digital tools to integrate elements of serendipity into their research practice.  ...  The present paper investigates the following two research questions: LITERATURE REVIEW: SERENDIPITY IN THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT Several recent studies investigate the role of serendipity in the digital  ... 
doi:10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401032 dblp:conf/asist/MartinQ17 fatcat:rkirt7it5fer3ftlkf5fxu3yey

Examination of relationships among serendipity, the environment, and individual differences

Lori McCay-Peet, Elaine G. Toms, E. Kevin Kelloway
2015 Information Processing & Management  
We found some types of digital environments, (e.g., websites, databases, search engines, intranets, social media sites) may be more conducive to serendipity than others, while environments that manifest  ...  in which the user is immersed may create a fertile environment for serendipity to occur.  ...  Acknowledgements This paper is part of the first author's Ph.D. research on serendipity (McCay-Peet, 2013) .  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2015.02.004 fatcat:mnejsqeg7fcqtpnixntm6va3fi

Exploring Serendipity's Precipitating Conditions [chapter]

Lori McCay-Peet
2011 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
, to understand how to best facilitate serendipity in a digital, information-rich environment.  ...  This research will contribute to an emerging field of study -support for serendipity in information systems -that is striving to make our experiences in digital environments richer and more meaningful.  ...  Research supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), GRAND NCE, CRC, and CFI. Special thanks to my supervisor, Elaine Toms, for her support and guidance.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-23768-3_42 fatcat:w4qh5arz45enjgzupr6v5hub6m

The Influence of Features and Demographics on the Perception of Twitter as a Serendipitous Environment

Lori McCay-Peet, Anabel Quan-Haase
2016 Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media - HT '16  
Serendipity is broadly defined as an unexpected and valuable experience prompted by an individual's interactions with ideas, information, objects, and phenomena; in digital worlds the challenge to date  ...  In this poster we present the early stages of the development of a means to measure whether digital environments such as social media sites and digital libraries have the potential to facilitate serendipity  ...  An international set of researchers who have conducted research in the area of serendipity and related constructs were invited to participate in this review of the facets and items.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2914586.2914609 dblp:conf/ht/McCay-PeetQ16 fatcat:ms5inyqwibeyflvnspcukwzjee

Three key affordances for serendipity

Lennart Björneborn
2017 Journal of Documentation  
In future research, the framework needs further empirical validation in physical and digital environments.  ...  Research implications/limitations -Implications of the framework for designing physical and digital environments with affordances for serendipity are briefly considered.  ...  No research has been found that indicates different degrees of diversifiability in physical or digital environments.  ... 
doi:10.1108/jd-07-2016-0097 fatcat:vqfgjzhu4rcm3kwjufrxkqqw7i

Observing serendipity in digital information environments

Stephann Makri, Jaffor Bhuiya, Jermaine Carthy, Jermaine Owusu-Bonsu
2015 Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology  
We often interact with digital information environments to find useful information. But sometimes useful information finds us unexpectedly, propelling us in new and exciting directions.  ...  We illustrate this approach by discussing implications for the design and evaluation of digital information environments.  ...  We found this approach particularly useful for observing serendipity in digital information environments.  ... 
doi:10.1002/pra2.2015.145052010019 dblp:conf/asist/MakriBCO15 fatcat:voa4cm3f2bedraywfvzif5tvhq

"Making my own luck": Serendipity strategies and how to support them in digital information environments

Stephann Makri, Ann Blandford, Mel Woods, Sarah Sharples, Deborah Maxwell
2014 Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology  
my own luck": Serendipity strategies and how to support them in digital information environments. This is the accepted version of the paper.  ...  Designing digital information environments to support serendipity can not only provide users with new knowledge, but also propel them in exciting directions they might not otherwise have travelled insurprising  ...  This work is supported by the RCUK Digital Economy project SerenA: Chance Encounters in the Space of Ideas (EP/H042741/1 -see  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.23200 fatcat:tzan2nwijnf7bjx6573dbchmye

Changing Chance Encounters: Historians, Serendipity, and the Digital Text

Kim Martin, Anabel Quan-Haase
2016 Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes du congrès annuel de l'ACSI  
Twenty academic historians in Southern Ontario were interviewed about their use of e-books and the role of serendipity in their research.  ...  Our findings show that serendipity continues to occur in physical environments, most often the stacks.  ...  is perceived as a major problem in digital environments.  ... 
doi:10.29173/cais862 fatcat:g42jrjygwvak5og4aeipt3hyq4

Glitch Serendipity: Alternative Information Seeking that Leads to Discovery

Aaron Juarez
2022 Creativity and Cognition  
When scientists and artists engage in exploratory research, they can reach new insight through unexpected information encounters.  ...  I share the current status of my research along with a concrete example of how digital experiments led to a serendipitous demonstration of nonlinearity in image expression.  ...  that occur during research [3] , as well as its potential in information environments [4] .  ... 
doi:10.1145/3527927.3533729 fatcat:uzi6b2s7o5gh3f4fqmnepjtwzq

Sustainability in Online Video Hosting Services: The Effects of Serendipity and Flow Experience on Prolonged Usage Time

Lu, Cheng
2020 Sustainability  
In addition, we verify the factors of online video platforms that affect perceived serendipity, such as enabled connections, introduced unexpected information, and induced curiosity.  ...  The implication of research and discussions provides references for online video hosting service providers in marketing and operations.  ...  From the above, we infer when users have serendipity in the digital environment, they will feel happy.  ... 
doi:10.3390/su12031271 fatcat:vc6ofjtmpja2xg327bpdwypoim

Television distraction and the performance of introverts and extroverts

Adrian Furnham, Barrie Gunter, Emma Peterson
1994 Applied Cognitive Psychology  
In addition, we give a short introduction into our research project Blended Library and describe the idea of an "Interactive Reading" environment that aims toward "encouraging serendipity in interactive  ...  In this paper we state our interest in the workshop themes according to the three categories understanding, designing, and evaluation.  ...  We are especially concerned with the research question: How can emerging technology facilitate knowledge workers in collecting and sense-making of data gained through serendipity supportive environments  ... 
doi:10.1002/acp.2350080708 fatcat:z3u3ghv5crflvpu2q3qqarlluu

Rethinking tradition: The loss of serendipity and the impact of technology on the historical research process

Anabel Quan-Haase, Kim Martin
2011 Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
The move towards the digital humanities will see a growing interest in tools such as Ebooks.  ...  Findings indicate that historians feel the digital environment makes chances of a serendipitous encounter with a text unlikely.  ...  This research makes it clear that serendipity plays an important role in the traditional research practices of historians.  ... 
doi:10.1002/meet.2011.14504801244 fatcat:oelmq73trrcdzgfta437r45zre

Serendipity in the Stacks: Libraries, Information Architecture, and the Problems of Accidental Discovery

Patrick L. Carr
2015 College and Research Libraries  
While acknowledging its benefits, this essay draws on research in library science, information systems, and other fields to argue that, in two important respects, this form of discovery can be usefully  ...  Serendipity in the library stacks is generally regarded as a positive occurrence.  ...  of the information environments in which serendipity can occur.  ... 
doi:10.5860/crl.76.6.831 fatcat:mnjtq6jcizastc3plk76azzdqi

A Review of Research Methodologies Employed in Serendipity Studies in the Context of Information Research

Xu Sun, Xiaosong Zhou, Qingfeng Wang, Sarah Sharples, Yaorun Zhang
2021 Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems  
in serendipity research.  ...  The concept of serendipity has become increasingly interesting for those undertaking serendipity research in recent years.  ...  in a digital environment.  ... 
dblp:journals/pajais/SunZWSZ21 fatcat:pi34sicrubd6dpqyn2siulksai

From Chance to Serendipity: Knowledge Workers' Experiences of Serendipitous Social Encounters

Ekaterina Olshannikova, Thomas Olsson, Jukka Huhtamäki, Susanna Paasovaara, Hannu Kärkkäinen
2020 Advances in Human-Computer Interaction  
Finally, we discuss the seemingly minor role of technology in social serendipity and research avenues to computationally enhance social serendipity.  ...  In professional life, social serendipity might result in benefits such as fruitful collaboration, successful recruitment, discovery of novel information, and acquisition of crucial new perspectives from  ...  To summarize, diversifiability and traversability manifest in both physical and digital environments and have stronger effects in the latter due to the ease of accessing and manipulating information.  ... 
doi:10.1155/2020/1827107 fatcat:3mk7rsafkbdvxlqwtm4vwjmj6e
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