This thesis explores possible visual approaches for the representation of semantic structures, such as zz-structures. Some holistic visual representations of complex domains have been investigated through the proposal of new views - the so-called zz-views - that allow both to make visible the interconnections between elements and to support a contextual and multilevel exploration of knowledge. The potential of this approach has been examined in the context of two case studies that have led to the creation of two Web applications. The ﬁrst domain of study regarded the visual representation, analysis and management of scientiﬁc bibliographies. In this context, we modeled a Web application, we called VisualBib, to support researchers in building, reﬁning, analyzing and sharing bibliographies. We adopted a multi-faceted approach integrating features that are typical of three diﬀerent classes of tools: bibliography visual analysis systems, bibliographic citation indexes and personal research assistants. The evaluation studies carried out on a ﬁrst prototype highlighted the positive impact of our visual model and encouraged us to improve it and develop further visual analysis features we incorporated in the version 3.0 of the application. The second case study concerned the modeling and development of a multimedia catalog of Web and mobile applications. The objective was to provide an overview of a significant number of tools that can help teachers in the implementation of active learning approaches supported by technology and in the design of Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs). We analyzed and documented 281 applications, preparing for each of them a detailed multilingual card and a video-presentation, organizing all the material in an original purpose-based taxonomy, visually represented through a browsable holistic view. The catalog, we called AppInventory, provides contextual exploration mechanisms based on zz-structures, collects user contributions and evaluations about the apps and oﬀers visual analysis tools for the comparison of the applications data and user evaluations. The results of two user studies carried out on groups of teachers and students shown a very positive impact of our proposal in term of graphical layout, semantic structure, navigation mechanisms and usability, also in comparison with two similar catalogs.
Visual approaches to knowledge organization and contextual exploration / Marco Corbatto - Udine : Università degli Studi di Udine. , 2020 Mar 19. ((32. ciclo, Anno Accademico 2018/2019.
|Titolo:||Visual approaches to knowledge organization and contextual exploration|
|Data di pubblicazione:||19-mar-2020|
|Citazione:||Visual approaches to knowledge organization and contextual exploration / Marco Corbatto - Udine : Università degli Studi di Udine. , 2020 Mar 19. ((32. ciclo, Anno Accademico 2018/2019.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||8.1 Tesi di Dottorato|