Visualizing and Presenting Story Maps in TM4Book

  • Lars Johnsen
  • Darina Dicheva
  • Christo Dichev
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 101)


This paper focuses on the visualization and presentation of story maps and suchlike narrative information in TM4Book, a Topic Maps-based semantic annotation tool for creative writing and textual analysis. Drawing on common gestalt principles as well as notions from semiotics and current discourse theory, the paper proposes some general strategies for displaying visual story maps and making them interactive for the user.


Visual Object Ancillary Information Semistructured Data Text Layer Visual Metaphor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Dicheva, D., Dichev, C., Damova, M.: Ontological Support for Creative Writing. In: The 24th International FLAIRS Conference, Palm Beach, FL, pp. 576–577 (2011)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Horn, R.E.: Visual language: Global Communication for the 21st Century. Macrovu, Inc. (1999)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Karger, D., Bakshi, K., Huynh, D., Quan, D., Sinha, V.: Haystack: A Customizable General-Purpose Information Management Tool for End Users of Semistructured Data. CIDR (2003)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Lamping, J., Rao, R., Pirolli, P.: A focus+context technique based on hyperbolic geometry for visualising large hierarchies. In: ACM Conf. CHI 1995, pp. 401–408 (1995)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Le Grand, B., Soto, M.: Topic Maps Visualization. In: Geroimenko, V., Chen, C. (eds.) Visualizing the Semantic Web. Springer, London (2003)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Novak, J.D., Canas, A.J.: The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them (2008),
  7. 7.
    Renkema, J.: The Texture of Discourse. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam (2009)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Van Leeuwen, T.: Introducing Social Semiotics. Routledge, New York (2004)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Ziemkiewicz, C., Kosara, R.: The Shaping of Information by Visual Metaphors. IEEE Trans. Vis. Computational Graph, 1269–1276 (2008)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Johnsen
    • 1
  • Darina Dicheva
    • 2
  • Christo Dichev
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Business Communication and Information ScienceUniversity of Southern DenmarkKoldingDenmark
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentWinston-Salem State UniversityWinston SalemUSA

Personalised recommendations