Information-based ideation (IBI) is a paradigm for investigating and evaluating creativity support tools that involve people in generating and developing new ideas through
interaction with and reflection on personal, social, and popular media.
Information-based ideation tasks and activities involve imagining, conceptualizing, planning, design, development, invention, reflection, and/or synthesis.
IBI tasks go beyond seeking and learning facts, beyond understanding what already is.
While IBI is engaged across life and work, many tasks involving information, e.g., fact finding, do not involve IBI.
IBI activities connect analysis and synthesis.
IBI goals include to think, get a sense, have ideas, develop interpretations, achieve insight, gain a new vantage, build perspective, and contribute innovation.
Or IBI can emerge without planned goals.
Personal IBI activities include a meal, outing, vacation, personal or home makeover, creative outlet, relationship, child, transition, and life stage.
Academic IBI tasks include a paper, internship, education, degree, thesis, and career.
Professional IBI tasks include projects, campaigns, exploration, design, artwork, and invention.
Fields in which IBI is important include science, engineering, humanities, arts, architecture, entertainment, business, exploration, and crisis response.
People curate through engagement in IBI, that is, they assemble and think about information, creating exhibits in many forms.
Curation of digital media incorporates conceptualization, choosing found information, annotation, and synthesis.
The Interface Ecology Lab's research develops and invokes mixed evaluation methods for information-based ideation, connecting quantitative and qualitative data and analysis.
To formulate a quantitative methodology for evaluating IBI support tools, we build on prior creative cognition research in engineering design to derive a battery of ideation metrics of curation.
These are used to measure the creative products that people make using
particular creativity support environments, while engaged in IBI activities.
Elemental metrics include Fluency (number of ideas), Flexibility / Variety (diversity of ideas), and novelty (the rareness of ideas.
Holistic metrics include Emergence (new ideas come about through combinations of prior ones), Visual Presentation, and Exposition (Written Presentation).
Our research in qualitative evaluation of IBI is based in grounded theory, i.e., in processes of continuous comparison, in which participants' perspectives are
iteratively elicited, characterized, categorized (coded), connected, and verified, building theory.
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