Szymon Kaliski

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Browsing vs Searching

The literature on browsing develops a portrait of a complex, open-ended, embodied human experience, rather than the input-output exchange that characterises traditional information retrieval.


Browsing is an iterative process that entails scanning or glimpsing a field of potential resources, and selecting or sampling items for further investigation and evaluation.


Browsing entails movement through a field of resources; Kwasnik stipulates "movement in a connected space". This movement depends in turn on orientation: a knowledge of the "structure and content" of the browsing field


We may browse with or without a goal in mind, and goals may change as the process unfolds.

Generous Interfaces for Digital Cultural Collections

(source: "The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface")


  1. 2022-01-03A Dog, Short Ramble on "Programming", MIDI→CV, and a Rabbit-Holing Web Browser1
  2. 2021-12-22CartographistExperimental Web Browser Optimized for Rabbit-Holing1
  3. 2021-09-27New Home, New Music and Collection Browsing1
  4. 2021-02-10Links1
  5. 2020-12-21Handling History in Software1
  6. 2020-12-21Dialog in UI1
  7. 2020-12-21Rules for Visual Information Systems1

134 words last tended to on 2021-03-19let me know what you think