Collaborative Information Seeking and Its Application In Tourism


Project funded by Australian Research Council (ARC), Amount: $360,000

2017-2019 (3 years)

The project aims to better understand group behaviour of information seeking. The project builds models and develops guidelines for understanding and supporting collaborative information seeking behaviour in the context of tourism. It is expected to benefit the Australian tourism industry, making it easier for tourists to find information and improving tourists’ overall experience.

Project Progress:

January-March 2017: Recruitment of a PhD student (PhD advertisement)

November 2017: I gave a talk entitled “The Role of Information in Smart Tourism: A Tourist-focused Perspective” at 2017  IFITT Workshop on Smart Tourism, press release here, the slides are here


Feb 2018: My PhD student Mouda Ye completed his research proposal which is part of the funded project and his candidature is confirmed.

June 2018: we kick off data collection

Participants recruitment (招募来澳旅行的年轻中国游客)

June 2018:  Jannatul Fardous and myself gave a talk on Tourists’ social media usage during group trip planning at 2018 IFITT Workshop on Smart Tourism, see the Press Release published in TravelDailyNews  here

Nov 2018:  My PhD student Mouda Ye gave a talk on Examine tourists’ engagement in information seeking and collaboration at 2018 RAILS Conference

Nov 2018:  Our paper “Collaborative information seeking in tourism: a study of young Chinese leisure tourists visiting Australia” is accepted and to be included in the Proceedings of the ACM SIG CHIIR Conference.