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Preliminary Papers 2: Information Behaviors and HCI
Time: 23/Mar/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Hankou Hall

Activity Patterns of Collaborative Sensemaking in Small Discussion Groups

Zhe Wang, Jiaxin An, Pengyi Zhang

Peking University, China

Sensemaking could be carried out individually or collaboratively. Collaborative sensemaking is a process where a group of people seek or create a shared representation collaboratively to accomplish a shared task. We conduct content analysis on 12 sections (611 minutes of audio recordings) from 6 small discussion groups relating to 2 topics in information organization. We identified 13 types of collaborative sensemaking activities and categorized them into content-related and process-related activities. We also describe 2 typical sensemaking sequences in these discussion groups. The results may advance our understanding about the activities involved in small group sensemaking. The results may also benefit the development of systems and tools to facilitate collaborative sensemaking process.

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