Task embedded visualisation: the design for an Interactive IR results display for journalists

Attfield, Simon ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9374-2481, Blandford, Ann and Craft, Brock (2004) Task embedded visualisation: the design for an Interactive IR results display for journalists. In: Proceedings of eighth international conference on information visualisation, 2004. IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, USA, pp. 650-655. ISBN 0769521770. [Book Section] (doi:10.1109/IV.2004.1320211)


There is need for user-centred visualisation research to engage with the activity context, information needs, knowledge and abilities of target user-groups. With a focus on the work of journalists, we first argue for information-retrieval results visualisation as a suitable browsing framework for journalists’ frequently ill-defined needs and high-recall searches. We then describe the design and rationale for a histogram-based visualisation for journalists. We also describe the integration of this idea within a system that structures searching as a two-step query-and-filter operation. This approach is intended to support initial exploratory browsing and refinement in a way that is sympathetic to the systematic focusing that naturally occurs during complex, unstructured task performance. Further, the use of an enduring ‘base’ results set is intended to encourage structural familiarity with the broader results and therefore to enhance navigation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Information Visualisation, IV 2004, 14-16 July 2004, London, UK.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Data visualisation; information retrieval; interactive systems; publishing; user centred design
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 11817
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Depositing User: Shrikant Chavan
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 07:57
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11817

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