Simon Attfield - Peer reviewed publications


Kodagoda N., Attfield S., Wong B.L.W, Rooney C., Choudhury T. (forthcoming) Using Interactive Visual Reasoning to Support Sense-making:Implications for Design. IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2013.

Wong B.L.W, Kodagoda N., Rooney C., Attfield S. & Choudhury T. (forthcoming) Trialling the SMART Approach: Identifying and Assessing Sense-making. International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Diego, California, October 2013.

Kodagoda N., Attfield S., Choudhury T., Rooney C., Mapp G., Nguyen P., Slabbert L., Wong B.L.W., Aiash M., Zheng Y., Xu K., Lasebae, A. (2013 - Online first) Concern Level Assessment: Building Domain Knowledge into a Visual System to Support Network Security Situation Awareness, Information Visualization.

Blandord A., Faisal S. & Attfield S. (2013)  Conceptual Design for Sensemaking. In: Handbook of Human Centric Visualization. Huang, W (Ed). Springer.

Chapin L., Attfield S., & Okoro E.M., (2013) Predictive Coding, Storytelling and God: Narrative Understanding in e-Discovery. DESIV Workshop on Standards for Using Predictive Coding, Machine Learning and Other Advanced Search and Review Methods in e-Discovery
: 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. Rome, Italy, June 2013.

Baber C., Attfield S., Rooney C., & Wong B.L.W. (2013) Exploring sensemaking through an Intelligence Analysis exercise. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making. Marseille, France, May 2013. 


Wheat A., Attfield S., Loureiro R. & Fusco-Fagg I. (2012) Using Digital Technology to Enhance and Enrich Visitor Experience in Exhibition Spaces
. Display: Consume: Respond - Digital Engagement with Art, CHArt 28th Annual Conference, London, November 2012.

Baron J.R. & Attfield S. (2012) Where Light in Darkness Lies: Preservation, Access and Sensemaking Strategies for The Modern Digital Archive.  UNESCO Conference -
The Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation, Vancouver, September 2012.

Hutton R., Attfield S. Wiggins S. McGuinness B. & Wong B.L.W (2012) Team Sensemaking Assessment Method (TSAM) an Inspection Method for Evaluating Collaborative Analysis Technologies. Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors, Proceedings of the international conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors. Taylor & Francis.


Makri S., Blandford A., Cox A. L., Attfield S., Warwick C. (2011) Evaluating the Information Behaviour methods: Formative evaluations of two methods for assessing the functionality and usability of electronic information resources. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 69(7-8), pp. 455-482

Attfield S., Pagnacco F. & Benedyk R. (2011) When Enough is Enough: Time-Restricted Sensemaking in Underground Railway Control. 10th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (poster presentation). Orlando, Florida. June 2011.  

Wong B.L.W, Ku K. & Attfield S. (2011) Provenance for Intelligence Analysis Using Visual Analytics. CHI 2011 Workshop on Analytic Provenance: Process + Interaction + Insight. Vancouver, Canada. May 2011.

Attfield S. & Blandford A. (2011) Making Sense of Digital Footprints in Team-based Legal Investigations: The Acquisition of Focus. Human–Computer Interaction - Special Issue on Sensemaking 26(1-2).

Lalmas M., Attfield S., Kazai G. & Piwowarski D. (2011) Towards a Science of User Engagement, UMWA 2011 Workshop on User Modeling and Web Applications.

Attfield S. & Blandford A.
(2011) Conceptual Misfits in Email-based Current Awareness Interaction. Journal of Documentation. 67(1) (Earlycite 2010). publisher's page


Blandford A. & Attfield S. (2010) Interacting with Information, Synthesis Lectures on Human-centered Informatics, Morgan & Claypool, San Rafael, CA, USA. publisher's page

Attfield S. & Blandford A. (2010) Discovery-led Refinement in e-Discovery Investigations: Sensemaking, Cognitive Ergonomics and System Design. Artificial Intelligence and Law - Special Issue on e-Discovery, 18(4) pp. 387-412. publisher's page

Attfield S., Blandford A., & Makri S. (2010) Social and Interactional Practices for Disseminating Current Awareness Information in an Organisational Setting. Information Processing and Management. 46(6) pp. 632-645.  publisher's page

Stelmaszewska H., Wong B.L.W., Attfield S. & Chen R. (2010) Electronic Resource Discovery Systems: From User Behaviour to Design. NordiCHI 2010, the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction.
publisher's page

Attfield S. Hara S & Wong B.L.W (2010) Sensemaking in Visual Analytics: Process and Challenges. EuroVAST 2010, the 1st European Symposiuam on Visual Analytics Science and Technology. 
symposium page


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. publisher's page

Brassil D., Hogan C. and Attfield S. (2009) The Centrality of User Modelling to High Recall with High Precision Search. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics 2009.
publisher's page open access version

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
publisher's page open access version

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. workshop page open access version

Faisal S., Attfield S. & Blandford A. (2009) A Classification of Sensemaking Representations. CHI 2009 Workshop on Sensemaking. workshop page open access version

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. workshop page open access version.


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. publisher's page  open access version

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.
publisher's page  open access version

Attfield S., & Blandford (2008) E-disclosure Viewed as ‘Sensemaking’ with Computers: The Challenge of ‘Frames’ Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review 5. open access version 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.
publisher's page

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. open access version 


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. open access version


Attfield S., Adams A. & Blandford (2006) Patient information needs: pre and post consultation. Health Informatics Journal. 12. pp. 165-177. open access version

Farah 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) publisher's page open access version


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. publisher's page open access version

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 open access version

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

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


Adams 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). open access version

Attfield S., 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.
publisher's page open access version


AttfieldS., 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. open access version

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. open access version

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