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Technology’s Inner Child (23 Jan 2005)
But the library is more than just a static resource. “It also is a research platform for us to understand better how children want to access their information,” Druin says. Kids in five countries work with adult researchers to improve the system. One of the library’s search mechanisms, which relies on clicks instead of keywords, is among their contributions. It allows children to organize books into categories that matter to them: the colors of their covers, the way the books make them feel, the types of characters in the books, or the world region in which the books originated. Each time a child clicks on an image representing a category, that category is added to the search string. For ex­ample, children can see all the red books about animals simply by clicking on the color and animal icons.
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