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A dual-level presentation model for developing user-interfaces.

Barclay, Peter J and Kennedy, Jessie (2000) A dual-level presentation model for developing user-interfaces. In: 5th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces - AVI 2000, 23-26 May 2000, Palermo, Italy.

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Abstract/Description

The visualisation of hierarchical information sets has been a
staple of Information Visualisation since the field came into
being in the early 1990’s. However, at present, support for
visualising the correlations between multiple, overlapping sets of hierarchical information has been lacking. This is despite the realisation that for certain tasks this information is as important as the information that forms the individual hierarchies. In response to this, we have produced two early visualisation prototypes, one based on a graph visualisation, and the other on a set-based metaphor, that endeavour to display such information in a readily perceived form to potential users. The science of botanical taxonomy is used as an example of a field where such a visualisation would be useful, and also as a resource for example information sets that the prototypes can act upon. Technical and perceptual issues involved in the design and implementation of
both prototypes are discussed. Following this, informal user
testing on both prototypes is described, which utilised user
observation techniques to elicit qualitative feedback from the
taxonomists. These findings are then used to emphasise the
shortcomings and advantages of each prototype, and from these probable issues for future prototyping and development are drawn.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 1-58113-252-2
Additional Information: Paper presented at the 5th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2000) held in May 2000 in Palermo, Italy. Later partially published in the proceedings as Teallach's presentation model, pp151-154.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hierarchical information sets; Overlapping sets; Correlation; Graphical visualisation; Set based visualisation; Taxonomic applications; Evaluation of prototypes;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology > 578 Natural history of organisms > 578.012 Classification & Taxonomy
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Item ID: 2998
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 15:43
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2014 15:52
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2998

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