Table 9

Confirmation or contradiction of original hypotheses

Hypothesis

COHSE

CORESE

GoPubMed


H1

The SWB reduces the time taken for users to find information or perform tasks.

No

Yes

No

H2

The SWB shortens the pathway taken to find information or perform tasks.

No

(targets not found)

No

(targets found by few users)

PubMed data not available for comparison

H3

Where semantic links are available, users will always follow them instead of nonsemantic links.

No

Yes

No

H4

Users find the SWB easier to use than the control platform.

Yes and No

No

Yes

H5

Where semantic links and ranking are available, users prefer them to non-semantic links and ranking.

Yes

Yes

Yes

H6

Use of the SWB is intuitive: a) Users think the SWB helps them to find information or complete tasks.

No

No

Yes

b) Users intuitively understand how to use the SWB to find such information or complete tasks.

No

No

Yes


Oliver et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2009 10(Suppl 10):S14   doi:10.1186/1471-2105-10-S10-S14

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