5th International ICST Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications, Worksharing

Research Article

Comparing visualization techniques to structure collaborative concepts

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8351 ,
        author={Sherry Koshman and Chi-Jung Lu},
        title={Comparing visualization techniques to structure collaborative concepts},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications, Worksharing},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2009},
        month={12},
        keywords={visualization collaborative work user interfaces design},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8351 }
    }
    
  • Sherry Koshman
    Chi-Jung Lu
    Year: 2009
    Comparing visualization techniques to structure collaborative concepts
    COLLABORATECOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8351
Sherry Koshman, Chi-Jung Lu1
  • 1: Member IEEE

Abstract

Much research has been devoted to collaborative tools for writing, group communication, reviewing, managing projects, and developing network infrastructures to support sharing activities. However the creation and display of foundational collaborative concepts that manage group work has not been paid significant attention. Information visualization potentially addresses the progression of distributed concept building and presentation by visually representing group-generated concepts. This paper analyzes current visualization-based techniques including tag clouds, node-link diagrams, and mapping structures in a web-based environment. The analysis contributes to exploring the use of visualization tools for creating group concept structures that organize ideas for documents, projects, or specifications in academia and industry. A comparative features table is built and used as a basis for presenting an initial interface design to develop a collaborative visualization tool for concept management. Implications for future work include visualization system interface design, user evaluation, and adaptation to mobile collaborative visualization environments.