Title: Post-web cognition: evolving knowledge strategies for global information environments

Authors: Alan Dix, Andrew Howes, Stephen Payne

Addresses: Computing Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YR, UK. School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Abstract: This paper considers the changing cognitive demands of the web as a representative of emerging pervasive and virtually instantaneous global information access environments. Because information retrieval time on the web approaches that of human memory, the appropriate knowledge strategies for seeking and remembering information begin to change. There is strong existing theoretical work on search itself; however, the complete knowledge acquisition cycle ends in memorisation ready for future needs including meta-knowledge of where and how to find information. We present preliminary results in this area but argue that this requires new empirical work and cognitive models.

Keywords: knowledge strategies; cognitive models; World Wide Web; internet; searching; memory.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWET.2003.003323

International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology, 2003 Vol.1 No.1, pp.112 - 126

Available online: 14 Dec 2003 *

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