Title: QueryShare: Working Together to Facilitate Exploratory Multimedia Searches without Skill in Creating
Authors: Masahiro Hamasaki:National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; Masataka Goto:National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Abstract: This paper describes a music exploratory search interface called QueryShare, which provides query searching and recommendation functions for query sharing among users. Most people are not expert users who know how to use various music metadata that include automatically estimated musical features to represent their own information needs as a query. Therefore, it is difficult for them to enter a complex query for music content retrieval. The original feature of our proposed interface is to make users share every query as a public web page. This feature enables users to use search queries, find recommended queries, and revise existing queries. Beginners can use an applicable query, which is more complicated than they might create on their own. Experts can readily reuse a query (web page) of their own making. The interface assists users in finding results for interesting queries and in performing music exploratory search without skills to create complex queries. We developed a prototype system as a web application for music videos on the most popular Japanese video sharing service. Users can search for over 360,000 music videos using our system. Results of a preliminary user study demonstrated that users found the query creation interesting and that they were interested in seeing and using queries created by other users, although some users hesitated to share their queries.