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dc.contributor.authorThudt, Alice
dc.contributor.authorHinrichs, Uta
dc.contributor.authorCarpendale, Sheelagh
dc.identifier.citationThudt , A , Hinrichs , U & Carpendale , S 2011 ' The Bohemian Bookshelf : supporting serendipitous discoveries through visualization ' University of Calgary .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 214057934
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dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:fc70b7ef7ed20f7fff8b42252b5f44c0
dc.description.abstractSerendipity, a trigger of exciting discoveries when we least expect it, is currently being discussed as an often neglected but still important factor in information seeking processes, research, and ideation. In this paper we explore serendipity as an information visualization goal. In particular, we introduce the Bohemian Bookshelf visualization that aims to support serendipitous exploration of digital book collections. The Bohemian Bookshelf consists of five interlinked visualizations, each representing a unique (over)view of the collection. It facilitates serendipitous discoveries by (1) offering multiple access points by providing visualizations of different perspectives on the book collection, (2) enticing curiosity through abstract, metaphorical, and visually distinct representations of the collection, (3) highlighting alternate adjacencies between books, (4) providing multiple pathways for exploring the data collection in a flexible way, (5) supporting immediate previews of books, and (6) enabling a playful approach to information exploration. Our design goals and their exploration through the Bohemian Bookshelf visualization opens up a discussion on how to promote serendipity through information visualization.
dc.publisherUniversity of Calgary
dc.rightsCopyright The authors 2011.en
dc.subjectInformation visualizationen
dc.subjectVisual library interfacesen
dc.subjectZ665 Library Science. Information Scienceen
dc.subjectQA75 Electronic computers. Computer scienceen
dc.titleThe Bohemian Bookshelf : supporting serendipitous discoveries through visualizationen
dc.typeWorking or discussion paperen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Computer Scienceen

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