A Mandala Browser User Study: Visualizing XML Versions of Shakespeare’s Plays

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dc.contributor.author Gainor, Rhiannon
dc.contributor.author Sinclair, Stéfan
dc.contributor.author Ruecker, Stan
dc.contributor.author Patey, Matt
dc.contributor.author Gabriele, Sandra
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-12T18:17:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-12T18:17:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Gainor, R., Sinclair, S., Ruecker, S., Patey, M., & Gabriele, S. (2009). A Mandala browser user study: Visualizing XML versions of Shakespeare’s plays. Visible Language, 43(1), 60-85. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://visiblelanguagejournal.com/issue/147
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8328
dc.description.abstract We report he results of a small user study of a visual XML browsing prototype, called the Mandala browser, where dots representing entire documents or portions of documents are plotted around the periphery of a circle and drawn inward by colored magnets that are assigned values by the user. The result is akin to a Venn diagram that provides a visual representation of the interac­tion between multiple Boolean queries. In this study, eleven participants were given a pre-study interview, then asked to carry out a series of tasks where the dots represented speeches in plays by Shakespeare and finally were de­briefed in a concluding interview. We gained from this study a range of valuable insights into how details of the Mandala browser design could be improved. Participants mentioned, for in­stance, that they would like to retain a connection between results and the visualizations that produced them, that they would like to be able to make notes on result sets, and that they would like to be able to save subsets within results. They also asked for tools that support collaborative searching, as well as for federated searching across collections. The user feedback confirmed the potential value of the Mandala interface and provided guidance for the next iteration of development. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship SSHRC en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Visible Language en_US
dc.title A Mandala Browser User Study: Visualizing XML Versions of Shakespeare’s Plays en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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