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User Driven Efforts in Creating Knowledge Graph Information System

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Title:User Driven Efforts in Creating Knowledge Graph Information System
Authors:Gardasevic, Stanislava
Keywords:PhD Students
information seeking
information needs
knowledge graph
show 3 moretacit knowledge
interdisciplinary education
user personas
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Date Issued:18 Apr 2020
Publisher:Emerald Publishing Limited
This paper presents the results of a qualitative study that involved students of an interdisciplinary PhD program. The study objective was to gather requirements to create a knowledge graph information system that will serve this public. The main purpose of the research was to determine information seeking practices and information needs of this community, in order to inform the potential functionalities of a proposed system, intended to help students with relevant resource discovery and decision making.

The study design included semi-structured interviews with eight members of the community, followed by a website usability study with the same student participants. Research instruments were informed by the PhD program policy.

Two main information seeking styles are recognized and reported through user personas of International and Domestic (USA) students. The findings show that the useful information resides within the community, and not so much on the program website. Students rely on peer communication, although they report lack of opportunities to create social connections. Students’ information needs and information seeking are dependent on their progress through the program, as well as their motivation and the projected timeline.

Practical Implications
Considering the current information needs and practices, a knowledge graph hosting both information on social networks and the knowledge produced by the activities of the community members would be useful. By recording data on their own activities (for example, collaboration with professors and coursework), students would reveal further useful system functionalities and allow transfer of tacit knowledge.

Aside from the practical value of this research that is directly influencing the design of a system, it contributes to the body of knowledge on interdisciplinary PhD programs.
Rights:Subject to copyright (Emerald)
Journal:Digital library Perspectives
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