Interfaces for Science: Conceptualizing an Interactive Graphical Interface

  • Bruno AzevedoEmail author
  • Ana Alice Baptista
  • Jorge Oliveira e Sá
  • Pedro Branco
  • Rubén Tortosa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 265)


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.


Information visualization Design Interface 



This work has been supported by COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007043 and FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the Project Scope: (UID/CEC/00319/2013) and the Project IViSSEM: ref: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-28284.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ALGORITMI Research CentreUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  2. 2.Polytechnic University of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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