Thanks, these are interesting links. I especially like figures 13,
and 14 or this paper:
which "show the interplay of theme map and the narrative". This method of using arrows to show logical flow could be useful for graph-based discussions.
Something that specifically interests me about ewall, however, is that it is not a post-hoc visualization. Rather it relies on the users to organize the information themselves:
A3. Diverse data formats
What computation is necessary to allow decision-makers to directly operate with different types of static and dynamic data formats?
EWall’s objective is to allow decision-makers to collect, organize and evaluate static and dynamic data types independent of its format.
The 'decision-makers' are the ones that are organizing the data, not the software ( Or at least that's what I gather from the scant amount of information available )
At 10:43 AM 9/21/01 -0700, John J. Deneen wrote:
"EWall" reminds me of DARPA's Intelligent Communicator Collaboration & Visualization project for emergency information management for situation analyses. (see slides 6-15: Real-Time Ingest, Interoperable Federated Repositories, and Translingual Interaction)
< http://www.darpa.mil/ito/research/im/infomgt_approved.pdf >
"Battelle / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing a multi-resolution wavelet-based methodology, called TOPIC-O-GRAPHY(TM), to decompose long natural language documents into thematically coherent and hierarchically-related sub-pieces. The concept is to exploit the hierarchical nature of typical discourse to produce visualization and analysis tools that permit the information contained in long documents to be more quickly identified and absorbed.
In prior TOPIC-O-GRAPHY work, basic concepts were developed and demonstrated on individual test documents. The focus of this project is to improve the mathematics used in the wavelet processing for longer single documents and to extend the methodology to cross document analysis. The basic research will be showcased by a suite of visualization and analytical tools promoting highly interactive information exploration, summarization, and retrieval."
< http://multimedia.pnl.gov:2080/topicography >
Also, TOPIC-O-GRAPHY is a project funded by DARPA's Intelligent Communicator Collaboration & Visualization project for emergency information management for situation analyses (see my e-mail on 9/18/01 about Visual Presentation Methods).
Visual Presentation Methods We have found that visualizations can provide a powerful method to communicate the salient features of the information, using methods that are natural for the human mind to perceive and understand. As an example, one visualization method for showing an overview of relationships among documents is a cluster projection in two or three dimensions, where proximity indicates similarity. The Galaxies visualization shown in the first figure is an example of such a 2D visualization. Documents are clustered according to similarities in their thematic content. Interactions allow the user to query for particular terms, form groups, and see changes over time." more ... , including screen captures of of several visual presentation methods
< http://www.pnl.gov/infoviz/sigchi98/index.html >
"John J. Deneen" wrote:
Be sure to look at this list of references with links to many other reseach projects and commercial products.
< http://ewall.mit.edu/references-url/index.html >
Alex Shapiro wrote:
> Decision-makers often require a range of innovative solutions to complex,
> time-critical problems that require attack by collaborating teams of
> problem-solvers. The work of such teams however may be handicapped by
> problems such as distribution in time or space. Fortunately, advances in
> Information Technology create new opportunities for improving the work of
> such teams by reducing or eliminating many of the traditional obstacles to
> team success.
> The EWall project is focused on such opportunities. EWall provides
> flexibility, enhances efficiency, and stimulates innovation during the
> problem-solving process, thus permitting problem solvers to work faster and
> produce smarter solutions. Using EWall, problem-solvers work through a
> web-based environment to collect, organize and view graphical and
> contextual information. EWall comprises an integrated set of tools and
> methods to deal with novel issues in Information Visualization, Information
> Communication and Information Management.
> You can catch another glimpse here: http://dcg.mit.edu/ + a glimpse of
> viper, which also looks cool.
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