Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 7th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2018, and 3rd EAI International Conference, DLI 2018, ICTCC 2018, Braga, Portugal, October 24–26, 2018, Proceedings

Research Article

Interfaces for Science: Conceptualizing an Interactive Graphical Interface

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-06134-0_3,
        author={Bruno Azevedo and Ana Baptista and Jorge Oliveira e S\^{a} and Pedro Branco and Rub\^{e}n Tortosa},
        title={Interfaces for Science: Conceptualizing an Interactive Graphical Interface},
        proceedings={Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 7th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2018, and 3rd EAI International Conference, DLI 2018, ICTCC 2018, Braga, Portugal, October 24--26, 2018, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ARTSIT \& DLI},
        year={2019},
        month={1},
        keywords={Information visualization Design Interface},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-06134-0_3}
    }
    
  • Bruno Azevedo
    Ana Baptista
    Jorge Oliveira e Sá
    Pedro Branco
    Rubén Tortosa
    Year: 2019
    Interfaces for Science: Conceptualizing an Interactive Graphical Interface
    ARTSIT & DLI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-06134-0_3
Bruno Azevedo1,*, Ana Baptista1,*, Jorge Oliveira e Sá1,*, Pedro Branco1,*, Rubén Tortosa2,*
  • 1: University of Minho
  • 2: Polytechnic University of Valencia
*Contact email: brunomiguelam@engagelab.org, analice@dsi.uminho.pt, jos@dsi.uminho.pt, pbranco@dsi.uminho.pt, rtortosa@dib.upv.es

Abstract

6,849.32 new research journal articles are published every day. The exponential growth of Scientific Knowledge Objects (SKOs) on the Web, makes searches time-consuming. Access to the right and relevant SKOs is vital for research, which calls for several topics, including the visualization of science dynamics. We present an interface model aimed to represent of the relations that emerge in the science social space dynamics, namely through the visualization and navigation of the relational structures between researchers, SKOs, knowledge domains, subdomains, and topics. This interface considers the relationship between the researcher who reads and shares the relevant articles and the researcher who wants to find the most relevant SKOs within a subject matter. This article presents the first iteration of the conceptualization process of the interface layout, its interactivity and visualization structures. It is essential to consider the hierarchical and relational structures/algorithms to represent the science social space dynamics. These structures are not being used as analysis tools, because it is not objective to show the linkage properties of these relationships. Instead, they are used as a means of representing, navigating and exploring these relationships. To sum up, this article provides a framework and fundamental guidelines for an interface layout that explores the social science space dynamics between the researcher who seeks relevant SKOs and the researchers who read and share them.