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October 2021

A user-centered interface for information exploration in a heterogeneous digital library

Journal/Book: J Amer Soc Inform Sci. 2000; 51: 605 Third Ave, New York, NY 10158-0012, USA. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 297-310.

Abstract: The advent of the heterogeneous digital library provides the opportunity and establishes the need for the design of new user interfaces. As a single portal to a wide array of information sources, the heterogeneous digital library requires that a variety of cataloging schemas, subject domains, document genres, and institutional biases be accommodated. SenseMaker is a user-centered interface for information exploration in a heterogeneous digital library. It unifies citations and articles from heterogeneous sources by presenting them in a common schema with affordances for quick comparisons of properties, At the same time, SenseMaker users can recover a degree of context by iteratively organizing citations and articles into higher-level bundles based on either metadata or content. Furthermore, SenseMaker enables users to move fluidly from browsing to searching by introducing structure-based searching and structure-based filtering. This paper outlines the SenseMaker interface design and details some of our experimental findings surrounding its use.

Note: Article Baldonado MQW, Xerox Corp, Palo Alto Res Ctr, 3333 Coyote Hill Rd, Palo Alto,CA 94304 USA


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