The Mitchell Library WordCloud: beyond boolean search

Monika M. Schwarz, Kim Marriott, Jon McCormack

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Libraries are increasingly o.ering on-line digital access to their collections. However, traditional search-based interfaces are restrictive and do not encourage the user to explore the collection in the same way that a physical collection does. We present the Mitchell WordCloud, a novel on-line interface to the David Sco. Mitchell collection of the State Library of New South Wales. Based on interface design principles for explorative search, it presents the user with a word cloud derived from the collection and a list of titles. As the user drags words from the word cloud to tell the system what they like or dislike the title list is reordered. .e surrounding interface elements-image bar, time line and Dewey bar-provide complementary insights into the collection. .e traditional vector space model for measuring text similarity was extended to take account of user dislikes and to order words in the word cloud. User studies con.rmed that the Mitchell WordCloud is easy to use and encourages exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDocEng'17
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 ACM Symposium on Document Engineering
EditorsAlexandra Bonnici
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450346894
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017
EventACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2017 - Valletta, Malta
Duration: 4 Sep 20177 Sep 2017
Conference number: 17th


ConferenceACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2017
Abbreviated titleDocEng 2017
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  • Cosinesimilarity
  • Explorative search
  • Library interface design
  • Word cloud

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