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 publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages468-477
Number of pages10
Volume4822 LNCS
StatePublished - 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)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

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

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

Cite this

Chung, W., & Chen, H. (2007). Building a directory for the underdeveloped web: An experiment on the arabic medical web directory. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 4822 LNCS, pp. 468-477). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4822 LNCS).

Building a directory for the underdeveloped web : An experiment on the arabic medical web directory. / Chung, Wingyan; Chen, Hsinchun.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 4822 LNCS 2007. p. 468-477 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4822 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chung, W & Chen, H 2007, Building a directory for the underdeveloped web: An experiment on the arabic medical web directory. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). vol. 4822 LNCS, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 4822 LNCS, pp. 468-477, 10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2007, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 12/10/07.
Chung W, Chen H. Building a directory for the underdeveloped web: An experiment on the arabic medical web directory. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 4822 LNCS. 2007. p. 468-477. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
Chung, Wingyan ; Chen, Hsinchun. / Building a directory for the underdeveloped web : An experiment on the arabic medical web directory. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 4822 LNCS 2007. pp. 468-477 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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