The new HCI? navigation of information space.

Benyon, David (2001) The new HCI? navigation of information space. Knowledge-based Systems, 14 (8). pp. 425-430. ISSN 0950-7051

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When we use the term ‘human–computer interaction’ (HCI), the image that is conjured up is of a person sitting at a visual display unit staring in at the world of ‘information’; the person is very much outside the space of information. But when we think of other activities such as going shopping, having a meeting or driving across town, we do not think of the person as outside this space. On the contrary, we see the person as inside a space of activities, surrounded by, and interacting with, assorted artefacts and people. Navigation of Information Space is an alternative conceptualisation of HCI that sees people as existing inside information spaces. Looking at HCI in this way means looking at HCI design as the creation of information spaces. This paper explores these ideas in more detail, arguing that Navigation of Information Space is not just a metaphor for HCI; it is a ‘paradigm shift’. The paper illustrates how Semiotics has informed this conception and discusses why such a paradigm shift is needed.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0950-7051
Electronic ISSN: 1872-7409
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human–computer interaction paradigms; navigation; information space;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3313
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 10:57
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 08:50

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