Visual Searching Tool Links

July 6, 2006 at 11:16 am 1 comment

Here are some of the data visualization tools that I will be demonstrating in our meeting today:

Notice the visual searching component of library holdings on the left.

Includes vertical relationships (subcategories), visualized as circles within circles.  Squares are the visual representation of articles.  Grokker tool works best with a controlled vocabulary.

  • Tagnautica–Explore the Flickr Tag Space (Flash 8 required)

Horizontal relationships between Flickr photos based on image tags. 

Includes synonym and antonyms, as in a traditional thesaurus.

  • Inxight StarTree at the NSDL (National Science Digital Library)

Hierarchical links to files, documents and Web pages.  Includes descriptive mouse-overs.

  • Webbrain the Smartest Place to See the Web

Connects websites with tree at the top of the screen and search results at the bottom.

I hope to add more interesting examples of Visual Search Tools soon.



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  • 1. Helene Blowers  |  July 9, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    Found it-

    The name of the site I was thinking about that provided a visual context for movies & music is Live Plasma ( In reviewing my blog notes , I also found another visual experiment by CNet called the Big Picture .

    It is iteresting to see this type technology being used all over the place and it makes sense – visual cues do help in searching and learning especially for people like me. 🙂


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