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2012

Library and Information Science

Western University

Digital libraries; Human-information interaction; Information visualization; Interaction Design; Map-Based Visualizations; Sensemaking; Collection Understanding; Representations; Ontological Properties

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Making Sense Of Document Collections With Map-Based Visualizations, Olga Buchel Apr 2012

Making Sense Of Document Collections With Map-Based Visualizations, Olga Buchel

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As map-based visualizations of documents become more ubiquitous, there is a greater need for them to support intellectual and creative high-level cognitive activities with collections of non-cartographic materials -- documents. This dissertation concerns the conceptualization of map-based visualizations as tools for sensemaking and collection understanding. As such, map-based visualizations would help people use georeferenced documents to develop understanding, gain insight, discover knowledge, and construct meaning. This dissertation explores the role of graphical representations (such as maps, Kohonen maps, pie charts, and other) and interactions with them for developing map-based visualizations capable of facilitating sensemaking activities such as collection understanding. While graphical ...