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Constructing Information Systems for Children

Developing children's abilities to find and understand information is a key to their development as young adults.

Monica Landoni | Andreas Lingnau | Ian Ruthven

The Internet offers children exciting new ways to meet people, learn about different cultures and develop their creative potential. However, children's ability to use the Internet is severely hampered by the lack of appropriate search tools. Most Information Retrieval (IR) systems are designed for adults: they return information in a form that is unsuitable for children. PuppyIR is a project co-funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework ICT Programme (INFSO-IST-231507) to develop an Open Source Framework that will provide the infrastructure to develop 'child-focused' and 'child-friendly' components to be deployed within child information services.

The University of Strathclyde will lead the development of intuitive, supportive interfaces for children's searching and contribute to the development of child-centred evaluation methodologies for investigating children's exploration of information. Working with leading researchers in other European countries, museums, hospitals and schools, our work will contribute to the development of interactive, child-centred search systems.

You may wish to visit PuppyIR homepage for further information