This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), 2017-2020, Amount: $360,000
Chief Investigator: Dr. Jia Tina Du (ARC DECRA)
Research Team: UniSA members Mr. Mouda Ye (PhD student), Prof. Sam Huang, Prof. Marianna Sigala, Assoc. Prof. Helen Ashman, external collaborators: Assoc. Prof. Preben Hansen (Stockholm University, Sweden) and Mr. Peter Reid (South Australian Tourism Commission)
This 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.
January-March 2017: Recruitment of a PhD student (PhD advertisement)
Feb 2018: 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
继续招募研究参与者 data collection is still ongoing, we are recruiting research participants:
June 2018: PhD student 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
Jun-Sep 2018: A pilot study was conducted with 7 real Chinese tourism groups to Australia.
Nov 2018: Our paper “Examining tourists’ engagement in information seeking and collaboration” was accepted and presented at 2018 national RAILS Conference
Nov 2018: Our paper “Collaborative information seeking in tourism: a study of young Chinese leisure tourists visiting Australia” has been accepted and included in the Proceedings of the ACM SIG CHIIR Conference. Link to the paper
Dec 2018: PhD student Mouda Ye was awarded a SIGIR Student Travel Grant in the amount of $2,000.00 USD for attending 2019 ACM SIG CHIIR Conference.
Apr 2019: Our paper “Young Chinese tourists’ motivations to engage in collaborative information behaviour for group holidays” has been accepted and included in the Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2019). [CORE A] Link to the paper
June 2019: PhD student Mouda Ye presented “Group holidaymakers: how do you search?” at the School of ITMS 3-Minute Thesis Competition.
July 2019: Dr. Jia Tina Du presented the research-in-progress paper “Young Chinese tourists’ motivations to engage in collaborative information behaviour for group holidays” at the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2019) in Xi’an, China.
July 2019: Our paper “’Active followers’: An emerging role of information behaviour among group holiday makers” has been accepted and included in the Proceedings of the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2019). [ASIST is a leading international information science and technology conference; CORE A]