We'll be using the #search4fun hashtag where possible
There has been a growing research interest in Searching for Fun, not to find fun, but because it is fun, or part of something fun. Searching for pass time, relax, have fun, and enjoy yourself. From videos, to photos, to funny blogs, etc to casual information relating to fun activities.
Research has begun to show that during casual-leisure search, peoples’ intentions, their motivations, their criteria for success, and their querying behaviour all differ from typical web search, whilst potentially representing a significant portion of search queries. This workshop will investigate searching for fun, or casual-leisure search, and aims to understand this increasingly important type of searching, bring together relevant IR sub-communities (e.g. recommender systems, result diversity, multimedia retrieval) and related disciplines, discuss new and early research, and create a vision for future work in this area.
Searching for fun can be different in several ways:
There are lots of other open questions relating to searching for fun: What are people’s querying patterns like in these situations? How can systems, models, and algorithms better support users in this behaviour? What are the best approaches or measures to evaluate solutions? These are important questions for the domain of information retrieval, and so ECIR is a key venue for gathering searchers from around the world to talk about searching for fun.
Read the proposal document for the last event.
Read the Dagstuhl Summary for the focus group (p119).
See our Dagstuhl Searching for Fun Slides below