Darlene & Jeff on Information Visualization

Darlene Fichter and Jeff Wisnewski admirably pinch-hit for a scheduled speaker and reviewed tools for information visualization.  We humans are visual creatures, and whenever we use visual techniques, it makes it much easier to find information.  For example, at the University of Pittsburgh, where Jeff is located, a "discovery cloud" appears on results screens. Clouds such this bring search aids together visually.

How many times have librarians heard requests like "I know it when I see it" or "The book had a red cover"?  Visualization tools now available can help find the answers.

Darlene has posted the slides showing examples of the tools and their URLs on Slideshare.  Links to the tools are available on her blog.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today, and IL 2008 Blog Coordinator

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