Good for Children, Good for All?

Monica Landoni, Theo Huibers, Emiliana Murgia, Maria Soledad Pera*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this work, we reason how focusing on Information Retrieval (IR) for children and involving them in participatory studies would benefit the IR community. The Child Computer Interaction (CCI) community has embraced the child as a protagonist as their main philosophy, regarding children as informants, co-designers, and evaluators, not just users. Leveraging prior literature, we posit that putting children in the centre of the IR world and giving them an active role could enable the IR community to break free from the preexisting bias derived from interpretations inferred from past use by adult users and the still dominant system-oriented approach. This shift would allow researchers to revisit complex foundational concepts that greatly influence the use of IR tools as part of socio-technical systems in different domains. In doing so, IR practitioners could provide more inclusive, and supportive information access experiences to children and other understudied user groups alike in different contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval - 46th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2024, Proceedings
EditorsNazli Goharian, Nicola Tonellotto, Yulan He, Aldo Lipani, Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-56066-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-56065-1
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event46th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2024 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Mar 202428 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference46th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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  • Children
  • Information Access
  • Mental models
  • Relevance


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