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Online Information Access Systems in the Construction Industry

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Shaaban S M, Kamara J M

Online Information Access Systems in the Construction Industry

Abstract:The growth and widespread use of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) has led to increased dependence on online information resources in the construction industry, and with it, the problem of information overload. This has also led to the development of various Online Information Access Systems (OIAS) such as search engines and domain specific web portals, to ensure the retrieval of relevant information from the WWW. This paper provides an overview of current OIAS in the construction industry. It discusses the issues relating to OIAS and uses the results from a detailed study of information seeking patterns of industry professionals to assess their effectiveness. The paper concludes with suggestions on how Online Information Access Systems can be improved using Information Visualisation (IV) techniques.

Keywords:construction industry, information seeking, information visualisation, online information access systems

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