Definition of information scent in English:

information scent

Syllabification: in·forma·tion scent


  • 1Visual or textual cues provided on a website to suggest what information it or its links may contain.
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    • Many organisations resolve the problem of weak information scents by listing content in multiple places.
    • Studies on information scent also appear limited to textual cues for vision and do not seem to consider other senses or modalities such as sound.
    • Other tools include ways to spread activation by using labels with strong information scent so that paths are more attractive and lead to richer patches of information.
  • 1.1The perceived usefulness of a website based on visual or textual cues.
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    • The mechanisms supporting information scent likely draw on the semantic networks that are unique to each individual.
    • This paper proposes two ways of measuring user perceptions of information scent in order to assess the product quality of Web or Internet information retrieval systems.
    • Jared Spool has talked at great lengths about the idea of information scent, basically giving the user an idea of what lies behind a link before they click it.

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