Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2015: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 pp 213-230

EvolutionWorks

Towards Improved Visualization of Citation Networks
  • Jason Wilkins
  • Jaakko Järvi
  • Ajit Jain
  • Gaurav Kejriwal
  • Andruid Kerne
  • Vijay Gumudavelly
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22723-8_17

Volume 9299 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Wilkins J., Järvi J., Jain A., Kejriwal G., Kerne A., Gumudavelly V. (2015) EvolutionWorks. In: Abascal J., Barbosa S., Fetter M., Gross T., Palanque P., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015. INTERACT 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9299. Springer, Cham

Abstract

EvolutionWorks supports exploratory browsing of the academic paper citation network with an animated and zoom-able visualization that helps researchers explore the conceptual space that emerges from the relationships between academic papers. Metaphorically speaking, a researcher starts out with the seed of an idea that will grow into an unwieldy set of potentially useful papers that the researcher must prune into a final reading list. Accordingly, EvolutionWorks provides novel affordances to explore the citation network based on this seed-grow-prune model. First, kinetic layering represents abstract document properties as physical properties in a force-directed layout. Second, a unified layout shows the network graph and documents in a single view. Third, the focus-context-focus hop is a way to change focus from paper to paper that keeps researchers aware of the immediate context. Finally, if there is a tight cluster of papers, the system automatically creates cluster summary titles that are easier to read.

Keywords

Citation networks Graph visualization Information retrieval 

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason Wilkins
    • 1
  • Jaakko Järvi
    • 1
  • Ajit Jain
    • 1
  • Gaurav Kejriwal
    • 1
  • Andruid Kerne
    • 1
  • Vijay Gumudavelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA