Dear all,

I am a PhD student with Martin Doerr working on the analysis of typical user questions towards archives and their formal representation using the CIDOC CRM.
I was wondering if any of you have heard of the concept of "original questions". By "original questions" I mean (research) questions which could be directed to an information system but are formulated in natural language and emerged *relative independently* from an information system (so no queries from log files) or another person (through interview, dialogue, or questionnaire). What original questions do users have towards an information system and before they approach the system?
Such "original questions" promise to provide a much more unfiltered information need. Queries from log file analysis are strongly  influenced by the conditions of the specific information system, questions elicited from interview or dialogue are influenced by various other factors. They do not represent the questions the user had originally in mind.
Close to an "original question" would be, in my opinion, a question sent via email to an archive before the user actually visited the archive or talked to an archivist.
I believe the concept of "original question" exists, or has been discussed, in the domain of (experimental) psychology or cognitive sciences. So far, however, I was unable to find any leads. Do you have any pointers to relevant texts?

Thank you and best regards,
Steffen Hennicke



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