Unifying the Shift and Narrow strategies in Focus+Context exploratory search

Krystian Samp, Cédric Beuzit, Jodi Schneider

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss two existing exploration strategies - Shift and Narrow - employed by Focus+Context techniques, and how they are supported in the user interface of Saffron, a web-based system enabling exploration of academic topics, authors, and publications. The Shift strategy enables the user to shift focus between different resources while the Narrow strategy enables the user to narrow the focus. Current systems typically support only one of these approaches or include them as separate interaction modes. Saffron supports both strategies in a unified user interface. An initial user study indicates that participants use and appreciate both strategies being supported simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGDOC 2014 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331661
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 27 2014
Event32nd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2014 - Colorado Springs, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2014Sep 28 2014

Publication series

NameSIGDOC 2014 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication

Other

Other32nd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityColorado Springs
Period9/27/149/28/14

Keywords

  • Academic search
  • Browsing
  • Exploratory search
  • Focus + context
  • Saffron
  • Shift and narrow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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    Samp, K., Beuzit, C., & Schneider, J. (2014). Unifying the Shift and Narrow strategies in Focus+Context exploratory search. In SIGDOC 2014 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication [2666228] (SIGDOC 2014 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2666216.2666228