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Exploiting major trends in subject hierarchies for large-scale collection visualization
Author(s): Charles-Antoine Julien; Pierre Tirilly; John E. Leide; Catherine Guastavino
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Paper Abstract

Many large digital collections are currently organized by subject; however, these useful information organization structures are large and complex, making them difficult to browse. Current online tools and visualization prototypes show small localized subsets and do not provide the ability to explore the predominant patterns of the overall subject structure. This research addresses this issue by simplifying the subject structure using two techniques based on the highly uneven distribution of real-world collections: level compression and child pruning. The approach is demonstrated using a sample of 130K records organized by the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Promising results show that the subject hierarchy can be reduced down to 42% of its initial size, while maintaining access to 81% of the collection. The visual impact is demonstrated using a traditional outline view allowing searchers to dynamically change the amount of complexity that they feel necessary for the tasks at hand.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8294, Visualization and Data Analysis 2012, 82940Z (25 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.912284

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8294:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2012
Pak Chung Wong; David L. Kao; Ming C. Hao; Chaomei Chen; Robert Kosara; Mark A. Livingston; Jinah Park; Ian Roberts, Editor(s)

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