June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Computing & Information Technology
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Searching the World Wide Web – Finding the Right Information the First TimeAs the World Wide Web (web) continues to expand, the information available via the Web is anever-growing forest of useful and non-useful details. The casual user may be surviving theirattempts to query the web by typing a few keywords into their favorite browser while performingan initial search. Typically the initial search is followed by one or more subsequent searcheseach with a refinement of the search keywords based on the previous search results. Theresulting task of separating the relevant search results from those that are distracting and non-helpful often presents the user with a daunting and time consuming task. During Fall 2013,eleven groups of students, from engineering, urban planning, and communications andmultimedia studies developed mobile applications (Apps) in collaboration with communityindustry mentors. Fifty students actively explored discipline-specific content to create Appsrelated to crowd-source reporting of marine debris, native and exotic species, facilitatingcommunity involvement in rainwater harvesting, community gardens, and children educationabout green communities. With mentorship from faculty sponsors, these students thencollaborated to develop student-driven Apps. Industry and community partners served as judgesto rank the Apps and recommend improvements. The results from pre- and post-surveysconducted to assess the knowledge gains from this cross-college educational experience, all threegroups of students reported improvement in their critical thinking and app developmentcompetency. Our paper will describe the effort during Fall 2013 to assist the studentdevelopment teams find the information they need on the web by leveraging the Semantic Web.Starting with an introduction of the Semantic Web, we will explain how information andknowledge can be more efficiently extracted from the deepest and widest recesses of the web.We will detail the various methods being employed to collect information from the student teamssuch as surveys and presentations along with questions and answer sessions. Students areproviding strategic keywords used and websites found while researching aspects affecting theapplications they are developing such as educational information, funding/spending, communityimpact and subject matter fundamentals. Next, the concepts and descriptions of an ontology andtaxonomy will lay the foundation of our premise. The student provided keywords and the mostapplicable website they lead to are being categorized and organized to provide a structuralframework upon which the ontology for our search tool is based. A presentation follows of thetaxonomy defining the relationships between keywords and the location of most relevantinformation associated with the specific keywords on the web. Finally, we will leverage existingwork utilizing the semantic web and storage of keyword collections, or profiles, in a SemanticSearch Engine tool. Through the modifications described to the existing tool, we willdemonstrate how to optimize and drive maximum efficiency while searching the web andvarious on-line databases ultimately aiding the student teams to be more efficient in theirresearch efforts.
Donate, K., & Shankar, R. T., & Mitsova, D., & McAfee, F. X. (2015, June), Searching the World Wide Web – Finding the Right Information the First Time Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24695
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