MSE Research Project Database

Improving overviews for digital collections

Project Leader: George Buchanan
Primary Contact: George Buchanan (
Keywords: Information retrieval; interaction design; knowledge discovery
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems

In large digital collections, it is hard for users to gain an overview of the collection, or part of it. While some digital tools exist, they are not validated either conceptually or through user testing. We also do not fully understand what constitutes a useful or effective overview. This project will first investigate what makes an overview useful, then propose two or more different representations, before testing them against the state-of-the-art.