Information Searching Using Visualizations - IL 2008


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by Darlene Fichter and Jeff Wisniewski

From library catalogs to mind maps to visual search engines join us as we tour some of the best, most interesting, most useful, or just plain coolest visualization tools out there. One of the most important trends to emerge from the Web 2.0 phenomenon is the advent of visualization tools that can illuminate, reveal, and shine a bright light on otherwise complex, dense, or dare we say boring data and text. Explore how these tools offer unique ways to visualize information patterns, facilitate information discovery and navigation, and reveal hidden concepts. Find the sweet spots for these new visualization tools for libraries, including how library users responded when the library catalog went "visual" with AquaBrowser.

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    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Information Searching Using Visualizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeff Wisniewski Darlene Fichter Web Services Librarian Data Librarian U of Pittsburgh U of Saskatchewan </li></ul></ul>See It, Find It ™ October 22, 2009
    2. 2. The web is grand. Too bad there’s so much of it.
    3. 3. The web is grant. Too bad there’s so much of it. A search for dog returns 44 million results.
    4. 4. Libraries are also grand…too bad they have so much stuff
    5. 5. Forecast: cloudy
    6. 6. Would the real Bond please step forward? <ul><li>(James) bond </li></ul><ul><li>Stocks and bonds </li></ul><ul><li>Baseball </li></ul><ul><li>Family ties </li></ul>
    7. 7. How about pulling out concepts?
    8. 8. How about pulling out “visualizing” concepts?
    9. 9. How about visual feedback as you limit?
    10. 10. I know it when I see it. <ul><li>Who doesn’t recognize a book by its cover? </li></ul><ul><li>Find more like this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching for images using images </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. BYO Image
    12. 12. Select site to search and enter keywords into oSkope
    13. 13. oSkope results in list view mode.
    14. 14. oSkope results in grid view mode.
    15. 15. oSkope results in pile view mode.
    16. 16. Pile and grid would rule for search history. <ul><li>Recognition vs. recall </li></ul><ul><li>Want icing on your cake? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pile in reverse chronological order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pile by term in reverse order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pile by day / date </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Lists are great but graphs can be better.
    18. 18. oSkope results in graph mode. Pagerank Price
    19. 19. Spectra visual newsreader
    20. 20. What about the other visual search engines?
    21. 21. Quintura offers concept map and lists in a dual view.
    22. 22. Quintura has an image search.
    23. 23. Would kids like this?
    24. 24. Or this?
    25. 25. Look familiar?
    26. 26. Now I know where I’ve seen you!
    27. 27. Using visual search to find visuals.
    28. 28. When words are hard to come by: TinEye & Piximilar
    29. 29. What are these called?
    30. 30. You’re so vain, you probably think this search engine is about you. My quick tests to find similar images turned up “null” until I tried their own logo.
    31. 31. Find me something like this. <ul><li>Demo </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    32. 32. Photosynth <ul><li>Live demo – </li></ul><ul><li>Download viewer/creator file to start searching </li></ul><ul><li>A “synth” is created by analyzing the image to stitch overlapping photos together </li></ul><ul><li>Viewer provides a 3D like immersive experience </li></ul>
    33. 33. 3D Results and Immersive Results <ul><li>U b rowser – neat to look at but ? </li></ul>
    34. 34. Visual on the go: oMoby
    35. 35. Visual search gobbles up more resources. <ul><li>Bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Screen – sometimes bigger is better </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile search is hot, so sometimes visual is better on small screens then text </li></ul><ul><li>Play nice with others </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul>
    36. 36. Resources <ul><li>AquaBrowser </li></ul><ul><li>BYO Image </li></ul><ul><li>Colr pickr </li></ul><ul><li>Encore </li></ul><ul><li>Grokker </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>oMoby: </li></ul><ul><li>uBrowser </li></ul>
    37. 37. Resources <ul><li>oSkope </li></ul><ul><li>Tiltomo </li></ul><ul><li>TinEye </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynth </li></ul><ul><li>Quintara </li></ul><ul><li>SearchMe </li></ul><ul><li>Spectra newsreader </li></ul><ul><li>uBrowser </li></ul>
    38. 38. More questions or comments? <ul><li>Jeff Wisniewski </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Darlene Fichter </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>