Visual Information Foraging on the Desktop

Duration: Dec 2015 - Dec 2018
Project leader: Manuela Waldner
FWF T 752-N30

General Information

Knowledge workers invest a considerable amount of time on adaptively and iteratively seeking, gathering, and consuming information from various sources, such as web pages, email messages, presentations, and their dedicated software tools. Currently, there is little visual support for these information foraging processes and subsequent sensemaking of the casually collected information.

The goal of this project is to design and develop novel interactive visualization techniques to support knowledge workers in making sense of their unstructured, dynamic information collections.

The project will employ a user-centered design approach to clearly understand current deficiencies and knowledge workers’ needs across multiple disciplines, as well as to guide the iterative development of a prototype implementation. The main contribution will be a novel visual information foraging environment utilizing visual analysis techniques to guide the user through an unstructured collection of information snippets obtained from arbitrary sources. As secondary contribution, field and lab studies will lead to in-depth understanding of knowledge workers’ information collection and organization strategies on modern desktops.

Findings from this project can help to shape the future of personal desktops to better support the collection and organization of information snippets, as well as the subsequent analysis of the collected information, compared to existing tools.


10 Publications found:
Image Bib Reference Publication Type
Michael Mazurek, Manuela Waldner
Visualizing Expanded Query Results
Computer Graphics Forum:87-98, June 2018. [paper]
Journal Paper with Conference Talk
Manuela Waldner
Visual Data Exploration and Analysis in Emerging Display Environments , 5. April 2018, Pisa, Italy
Invited Talk
Dea Cizmic
Exploratory Data Visualization Dashboard for Technical Analysis of Commodity Market Indicators
Bachelor Thesis
Martin Smiech
Configurable Text Exploration Interface with NLP for Decision Support
Bachelor Thesis
Thomas Geymayer, Manuela Waldner, Alexander Lex, Dieter Schmalstieg
How Sensemaking Tools Influence Display Space Usage
In EuroVis Workshop on Visual Analytics. June 2017.
Conference Paper
Manuela Waldner, Alexey Karimov, Meister Eduard Gröller
Exploring Visual Prominence of Multi-Channel Highlighting in Visualizations
In Spring Conference on Computer Graphics 2017. May 2017.
Conference Paper
Michael Mazurek
Stream I/O - An Interactive Visualization of Publication Data
Bachelor Thesis
Rebeka Koszticsak
Generating Expressive Window Thumbnails through Seam Carving
Bachelor Thesis
Michael Mazurek
Visualization of Thesaurus-Based Web Search
Student Project
Johanna Donabauer
Advanced Screen Capturing
Bachelor Thesis
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