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Title: Finding and understanding reusable designs from hierarchical repositories
Authors: Demian, Peter
Fruchter, Renate
Keywords: Information visualization
Tree layout
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: DEMIAN, P. and FRUCHTER, R., 2006. Finding and understanding reusable designs from hierarchical repositories. Information Visualization, 5(1), pp. 28-46
Abstract: This paper describes a prototype called CoMem (Corporate Memory) that supports the finding and understanding of useful items in large hierarchical repositories. The particular domain is civil engineering design, and the prototype is designed specifically to support design reuse in building construction projects. However the underlying visualization and interaction principals behind CoMem are generalizable to the ubiquitous task of finding and understanding useful information in large hierarchical repositories. To support finding, the entire hierarchy is visualized using a squarified treemap. Once an item from the treemap is selected, CoMem supports the understanding of that item by identifying related items in the hierarchy and visualizing the selected item in the context of these related items in a node-link diagram. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of a usability evaluation of CoMem that supports the claim that finding and understanding improve the process of reuse, and that the described visualizations assist with finding and understanding.
Description: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in the journal, Information Visualization. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ivs/index.html
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2391
ISSN: 1473-8716
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)

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