Graphical histories of information foraging

Manuela Waldner, Stefan Bruckner, Ivan Viola

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During information foraging, knowledge workers iteratively seek, filter, read, and extract information. When using multiple information sources and different applications for information processing, re-examination of activities for validation of previous decisions or re-discovery of previously used information sources is challenging. In this paper, we present a novel representation of cross-application histories to support recall of past operations and re-discovery of information resources. Our graphical history consists of a cross-scale visualization combining an overview node-link diagram of used desktop resources with nested (animated) snapshot sequences, based on a recording of the visual screen output during the users' desktop work. This representation makes key elements of the users' tasks visually stand out, while exploiting the power of visual memory to recover subtle details of their activities. In a preliminary study, users found our graphical history helpful to recall details of an information foraging task and commented positively on the ability to expand overview nodes into snapshot and video sequences. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the NordiCHI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationThe 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1595930361, 9781450325424
StatePublished - Oct 26 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Oct 26 2014Oct 30 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational


Conference8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014


  • Graph visualization
  • Interaction history
  • Provenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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