Wrapper - An Application for Use in Information Searching Studies

The Wrapper is a freeware tool, with its source code readily available for noncommercial use. It thus provides researchers with the flexibility of modifying the Wrapper according to the research requirements and at the same time, using the Wrapper as is for immediate implementation in user studies.

Disclaimer: The Wrapper was created with the sole aim of providing the research community, with a valuable tool for Web usage tracking for use in research, particularly with user studies involving Web information systems. The author or the author's installation shall not be liable for damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way connected with the use of or the misuse of this tool. (Basically, you're on your own.)

1. Download Wrapper A (this version tracks all key board entries)

2. Download Wrapper B (this version tracks only interactions with the browser)

3. Download Wrapper C (coming soon! -- this version tracks user interactions and send these interactions to a server for data logging)

- in beta testing at this moment! Results promising.

For further reading on the Wrapper see:
Jansen, B. J. 2006. Search log analysis: What is it; what's been done; how to do it. Library and Information Science Research, 28(3), 407-432. View in PDF

For articles on studies in which the Wrapper was used, see:
Jansen, B. J., Ramadoss, R. Zhang, M., and Zang, N. 2006. Wrapper: An Application for Evaluating Exploratory Searching Outside of the Lab. SIGIR 2006 Workshop on Evaluating Exploratory Search Systems. The 29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval (SIGIR2006). 6-11 August. Seattle, Washington, USA.

Jansen, B. J. and McNeese, M. D. 2005. Evaluating the effectiveness of and patterns of interactions with automated assistance in IR systems. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 56(14), 1480-1503. View in PDF

Sharma, H. and Jansen, B.J. 2005. Automated Evaluation of Search Engine Performance via Implicit User Feedback. The 28th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. p. 649-650. Salvador, Brazil. 15-19 August. View in PDF

Jansen, B. J. 2005. Seeking and Implementing Automated Assistance During the Search Process. Information Processing & Management. 41(4), 909-928. View in PDF

Jansen, B. J. and Pooch, U. 2004. Assisting the searcher: utilizing software agents for Web search systems. Journal of Internet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy. 14(1), 19 - 33. View in PDF.

Jansen, B. J. and Kroner, G. 2003. The Impact of Automated Assistance on the Information Retrieval Process. The ACM SIGCHI 2003 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. p. 1004 - 1006. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 5 - 10 April 2003. View in PDF.