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Publication . Other literature type . Conference object . 2015

Supporting historical research through user-centered visual analytics

Boukhelifa, Nadia; Giannisakis, Emmanouil; Dimara, Evanthia; Willett, Wesley; Fekete, Jean-Daniel;
Open Access
Published: 25 May 2015
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France

International audience; In this paper we describe the development and evaluation of a visual analytics tool to support historical research. Historians continuously gather data related to their scholarly research from archival visits and background search. Organising and making sense of all this data can be challenging as many historians continue to rely on analog or basic digital tools. We built an integrated note-taking environment for historians which unifies a set of func-tionalities we identified as important for historical research including editing, tagging, searching, sharing and visualization. Our approach was to involve users from the initial stage of brainstorming and requirement analysis through to design, implementation and evaluation. We report on the process and results of our work, and conclude by reflecting on our own experience in conducting user-centered visual analytics design for digital humanities.


User Interfaces, User-centered design, computer science, human computer interaction, [ SDV ] Life Sciences [q-bio], [INFO.INFO-HC]Computer Science [cs]/Human-Computer Interaction [cs.HC], [INFO.INFO-HC] Computer Science [cs]/Human-Computer Interaction [cs.HC], User Interfaces;User-centered design;computer science;human computer interaction

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Collaborative EuropeaN Digital/Archival Infrastructure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 284432
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
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