May 20, 2022

Interesting! OCLC Researchers, Others Introduce “Interactive Visual Exploration” Research Project

The following paper (an extended abstract) was written by people from OCLC Research, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Amsterdam.

The research will be presented at ACM’s CHI’15 conference scheduled to take place next month in Seoul.


Ariadne’s Thread – Interactive Navigation in a World of Networked Information


Rob Koopman

Shenghui Wang

Andrea Scharnhorst
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Gwenn Englebienne
University of Amsterdam


via arXiv

This work-in-progress paper introduces an interface for the interactive visual exploration of the context of queries using the ArticleFirst database, a product of OCLC.

We describe a workflow which allows the user to browse live entities associated with 65 million articles.

In the on-line interface, each query leads to a specific network representation of the most prevailing entities: topics (words), authors, journals and Dewey decimal classes linked to the set of terms in the query. This network represents the context of a query. Each of the network nodes is clickable: by clicking through, a user traverses a large space of articles along dimensions of authors, journals, Dewey classes and words simultaneously.

We present different use cases of such an interface. This paper provides a link between the quest for maps of science and on-going debates in HCI about the use of interactive information visualisation to empower users in their search.

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