Research Group and Technical Description:Director:Alan Liu (Professor, English Dept.)Co-directors:Rama Hoetzlein (Ph.D., Media Arts & Technology Program; Project Scientist, EnglishDept.)Rita Raley (Associate Professor, English Dept.)Research Assistants: Technical Description of RoSE:Ivana Andjelkovic (MAT) RoSE is a Web-accessible system developed in theSalman Bakht (MAT) open-source Ruby on Rails programmingJoshua Dickinson (MAT) environment on top of a MySQL relational database.Michael Hetrick (MAT) It uses the open-source Adobe Flex framework with the Flare library for visualizations. Currently, it is pre-Paul Jacobs (MAT) loaded with metadata about persons and documentsAndrew Kalaidjian (English) text-mined from the YAGO knowledge base (6,756Eric Nebeker (English) people, 10,703 docs); Project Gutenberg (11,921Dana Solomon (English) people, 32,996 docs); the Social Networks &Lindsay Thomas (English) Archival Contexts project (SNAC; 3,412 people, 28,036 docs); and datasets manually entered by users.
Open Format Questions:16. What do you think overall of the RoSE concept (separatefrom any current technical or functional issues)?26. Overall, what functional feature of RoSE do you think mostneeds improvement, and why?See the complete questionnaire in the White Paper submitted to the NEH at http://rosedocumentation.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/rose-white-paper-as-submitted-to-neh.pdf
Closed Format Questions:Leading Question:11. Who do you feel would be most likely to use RoSE? Please check all that apply.___ Students___ Instructors (for classroom use)___ Individual researchers___ OtherIF OTHER, PLEASE EXPLAIN WHO:Importance Question:14. Which of the following do you think is the MOST IMPORTANT feature of RoSE?a. The ability to use RoSE to conceptualize networks of relationships between users, authors,and documentsb. The ability to use RoSE to add authors, documents, and relationships to preexistingbibliographical datac. The ability to use RoSE to visualize social networksd. The ability to use RoSE to create collections of bibliographical informatione. The ability to use RoSE to participate in shared collectionsf. The ability to use RoSE to build an understanding of an author, movement, or otherphenomenon that can be shaped into an argument or story (e.g., through the storyboardingfeature)See the complete questionnaire in the White Paper submitted to the NEH at http://rosedocumentation.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/rose-white-paper-as-submitted-to-neh.pdf
Closed Format Questions:Likert Scale Question:17. Overall, I am satisfied with how easy it is to use RoSE.STRONGLY STRONGLYAGREE 1234567 DISAGREECOMMENTS:Rating Scale Question:13. Rank the following features of RoSE on a scale from 1 to 5 according to what you found mostuseful for performing your tasks in RoSE.1 = Most important; 2 = Important; 3 = Neutral; 4 = Unimportant; 5 = Very unimportant; N/A = NotApplicable___ Profile pages for authors and documents___ Data visualizations___ History tracks___ Collections___ StoryboardsSee the complete questionnaire in the White Paper submitted to the NEH at http://rosedocumentation.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/rose-white-paper-as-submitted-to-neh.pdf
Student Feedback:"I think the storyboard could be improved with some small changes such as morecolor options, being able to adjust the size of the canvas and of the nodes, being ableto edit and abbreviate the text that appears with the nodes, and of course being ableto save.""My largest frustration came from the flaws in the program itself. Not being able tosave my storyboard as I progressed; not being able to add things to my collectionwhile working in storyboard mode; having to start over if I accidentally deleted a nodethat I needed, which funny enough happened in my final attempt to place this projecttogether at which time I decided to draw in Cathy Davidson myself."“Another aspect of the storyboard that I struggled with was the size of the workspaceitself. I think it would be beneficial to have the ability to ‘zoom in’ or ‘zoom out,’allowing for the distance in between the nodes to have significance." "Additionally, Iwished I could alter the size of the nodes— for instance, making the strongconnections larger and the minor connections physically smaller."See more student responses in the White Paper submitted to the NEH at http://rosedocumentation.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/rose-white-paper-as-submitted-to-neh.pdf
RoSE:rose.english.ucsb.eduLearn More About RoSE:rosedocumentation.wordpress.comRoSE Demo Video:rosedocumentation.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/demo-video/