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Computer Sciences, Information Science
This paper reports on an experiment designed to evaluate whether visualising a digital library (using a spatialisation technique) can influence exploratory search behaviour. In the experiment we asked participants to complete a set of novel tasks using one of two interfaces - a visualisation interface, ExploViz, and its search-based equivalent, LibSearch. A set of measures were used to capture sensemaking and exploratory behaviour and to analyse cognitive load. As results were non-significant, we reflect upon the design of the experiment, consider possible issues and suggest how these could be addressed in future iterations.
Roux, C. & McAuley, J. (2017). Reflections on an experiment, evaluating the impact of spatialisation on exploration. EuroViz 19th Conference on Visualisation, 12 - 16 June 2017, Barcelona, Spain. doi:10.2312/eurovisshort.20171142