An empirical analysis of engineers' information behaviors

  title={An empirical analysis of engineers' information behaviors},
  author={Mark A. Robinson},
  journal={J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol.},
  • M. Robinson
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Psychology
  • J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol.
The importance of the acquisition and provision of information within knowledge work such as engineering is widely acknowledged. This article reports an extensive empirical study of such information behaviors in engineers, using a novel and effective work sampling method. Seventy-eight design engineers each carried a portable handheld computer (PDA) for 20 working days. Once every hour, they were prompted to enter data concerning the task they were currently performing, including the… 

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