Building a directory for the underdeveloped web: An experiment on the arabic medical web directory

Wingyan Chung, Hsinchun Chen

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Abstract

Despite significant growth of the Web in recent years, some portions of the Web remain largely underdeveloped, as shown in a lack of high quality content and functionality. An example is the Arabic Web, in which a lack of well-structured Web directories has limited users' ability to browse for Arabic resources. In this research, we proposed an approach to building Web directories for the underdeveloped Web and developed a proof-of-concept prototype called Arabic Medical (AMed) Web Directory that supports browsing of over 5,000 Arabic medical Web sites and pages organized in a hierarchical structure. We conducted an experiment involving Arab subjects and found that AMed directory significantly outperformed a benchmark Arabic Web directory in terms of browsing effectiveness and user ratings. This research thus contributes to developing a useful Web directory for organizing information of the Arabic medical domain and to better understanding of supporting browsing on the underdeveloped Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAsian Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationLooking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers - 10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2007, Proceedings
Pages468-477
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2007 - Hanoi, Viet Nam
Duration: Dec 10 2007Dec 13 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4822 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2007
CountryViet Nam
CityHanoi
Period12/10/0712/13/07

Keywords

  • Arabic, medical domain
  • Browsing
  • Experiment
  • Information seeking
  • Metasearching
  • Underdeveloped Web
  • User study
  • Web directory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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