Simon Attfield - Peer reviewed publications


ATTFIELD S. and BLANDFORD A. (forthcoming) Conceptual Misfits in Email-based Current Awareness Interaction, Journal of Documentation.

BLANDFORD A., ATTFIELD S. (forthcoming) Interacting with Information, Synthesis Lectures on Human-centered Informatics, Morgan & Claypool, San Rafael, CA, USA)

ATTFIELD S., BLANDFORD A. and MAKRI S. (forthcoming) Social and Interactional Practices for Disseminating Current Awareness Information in an Organisational Setting. Information Processing and Management (special issue on Collaborative Information Seeking)

BARON J.R. and ATTFIELD S. (forthcoming) Making Sense of The Modern Email Archive:  Recordkeeping Strategies and  Technological Challenges. To appear at I-CHORA 5: 5th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives: Records, archives and technology 2010.


ATTFIELD S. and BLANDFORD A. (2009) Improving the Cost Structure of Sensemaking: Analysing User Concepts to Inform Information Systems Design. In Proc.of INTERACT 2009, Uppsalla, Sweden, Aug 24-28

BRASSIL D., HOGAN C. and ATTFIELD S. (2009) The Centrality of User Modelling to High Recall with High Precision Search. In Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics 2009.

ATTFIELD S., FEGAN S. & BLANDFORD A. (2009) Idea Generation and Material Consolidation: Tool Use and Intermediate Artefacts in Journalistic Writing Cognition, Technology and Work. 11(3) pp. 227-239 DOI 10.1007/s10111-008-0111-6 (Online first February 2008)

ATTFIELD S., DE GABRIELLE S. and BLANDFORD A. (2009) The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Document Reviewer: E-Discovery and Cognitive Ergonomics
DESI III Global E-Discover/E-Disclosure Workshop: 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. Barcelona, Spain.

FAISAL S., ATTFIELD S. & BLANDFORD A. (2009) A Classification of Sensemaking Representations. CHI 2009 Workshop on Sensemaking.

BACK J., FURNISS D., ATTFIELD S., HASSARD S. and BLANDFORD A. (2009) Exploring the Importance of Reflection in the Control Room. CHI2009 Workshop on Designing for Reflection on Experience.


ATTFIELD S., BLANDFORD A., DOWELL J. & CAIRNS P. (2008) Uncertainty-tolerant design: Evaluating task performance and drag-and-link information gathering for a news writing task. International Journal of Human - Computer Studies. 66. pp. 410-424

BLANDFORD A., ADAMS A., ATTFIELD, S., BUCHANAN, B., GOW J., MAKRI S., RIMMER J. & WARWICK C. (2008) The PRET A Rapporter Framework: evaluating Digital Libraries from the perspective of information work Information Processing and Management. 44. pp. 4-21.

ATTFIELD S., & BLANDFORD (2008) E-disclosure Viewed as ‘Sensemaking’ with Computers: The Challenge of ‘Frames’ Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review 5. Also in: G.Chandana (Ed) (2009) E-Discovery and Metadata: Evidentiary Issues, Amicus Books, India.

ATTFIELD S., MAKRI S., BLANDFORD A., DE GABRIELLE S., KALBACH J., EDWARDS M. (2008)  Prioritisation, Resources and Search Terms: A Study of Decision-Making at the Virtual Reference Desk Proceedings of ECDL2008, the Twelfth European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries.

ATTFIELD S., BLANDFORD A. & DE GABRIELLE D. (2008) Investigations within investigations: a recursive framework for scalable sensemaking support. Sensemaking: Organizing Information to Understand the World (workshop), CHI 2008, 5-10 April, Florence, Italy. 


ATTFIELD S., BLANDFORD A. (2007) Sensemaking in a large-scale corporate fraud investigation: The challenge of communication (and some search problems). Workshop on Supporting Search and Sensemaking for Electronically Stored Information in Discovery Proceedings (DESI Workshop), Eleventh International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. 4-8 June, Stanford University, California, USA

ATTFIELD S., BLANDFORD A. (2007) Sensemaking in a large-scale corporate fraud investigation: Some problems of communication. Collaborative Sensemaking Workshop, HCIL 24th Annual Symposium. 31 May-1st June, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA.


ATTFIELD S., ADAMS A. & BLANDFORD (2006) Patient information needs: pre and post consultation. Health Informatics Journal. 12. pp. 165-177


FATAH GEN. SCHIEK A., PENN A., MOTTRAM C., STROTHMANN A., OHLENBURG J., BROLL W., AISH F. & ATTFIELD S. (2005) Interactive space generation through play: Exploring the role of simulation on the design table. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 3(1). pp. 3-26(24)

ADAMS, A., BLANDFORD, A. & ATTFIELD S. (2005) Implementing digital resources for clinicians' and patients' varying needs. In Proc. BCS Healthcare Computing 2005. 226-233.  Also in Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine. 30(2) 107-122.

ATTFIELD S., MOTTRAM C., FATAH GEN. SCHIEK A., BLANDFORD A. & PENN, A. (2005) Exploring the effects of introducing real-time simulation on collaborative urban design in augmented reality. Proc. International workshop on Studying Designers'05. 17-18 October, Aix-en-Provence , France . pp. 369-374

ATTFIELD S. & ADAMS A. (2005) Patient information needs: before and after doctor consultations. In Proc. Healthcare Digital Libraries Workshop (at ECDL 2005).

PHD THESIS ATTFIELD S. (2005) Information seeking, gathering and review: Journalism as a case study for the design of search and authoring systems, University of London .


A., ATTFIELD S. & BLANDFORD A. (2004) Have Digital Resources Taken a Wrong Turn on the Health Information Journey? In Proc. Healthcare Digital Libraries Workshop (at ECDL 2004).

ATTFIELD A., BLANDFORD A. & CRAFT B. (2004) Task embedded visualisation: The design for an Interactive IR results display for journalists. Proceedings of IV04, IEEE Computing Society. pp. 650-655.


ATTFIELD S., BLANDFORD A. & DOWELL J. (2003) Information seeking in the context of writing: a design psychology interpretation of the 'problematic situation’. Journal of Documentation. 59(4). pp. 430-453.

ATTFIELD S., DOWELL J. (2003) Information seeking and use by newspaper journalists. Journal of Documentation. 59 (2). pp. 187-204

Other bits

ATTFIELD S., ADAMS A. & BLANDFORD A. (2004) Effective ways to use non-personal information in healthcare: report from a workshop held at University College London 15-16 April 2004. Healthcare Libraries Group Newsletter. 21(3). September 2004. pp. 16-17.