In an information-based ideation task, a person's goal is to generate and develop new ideas.
This requires finding and collecting elements of relevant information, developing understanding of the found elements, and seeing new relationships.
The task context may be academic, such as paper writing or thesis formulation, industrial, such as inventing a new product or service, or personal, such as designing a career.
An information-based ideation task is a divergent thinking task
, which involves developing multiple answers to an
Information-based ideation tasks involve information seeking and exploratory search, which are characterized by learning and discovery,
but more particularly
focus the human desire to be creative.
We develop and invoke mixed evaluation methods, connecting quantitative and qualitative data and analysis.
Our quantitative work is based in information-based ideation metrics
, which are used to assess the creative products that people make using
particular creativity support environments, while engaged in particular information-based ideation tasks.
The metrics include variety, novelty, fluency, relevance, visual presentation, exposition, and emergence..
Our qualitative work is based in grounded theory, a processes of continuous comparison, in which participants' perspectives are
iteratively elicited, characterized, categorized (coded), connected, and verified.
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