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A document corpus browser for in-depth reading

 

Software tools, including Web browsers, e-books, electronic document formats, search engines, and digital libraries are changing the way that people read, making it easier for them to find and view documents of interest. However, we observe that while these tools provide significant help with relatively short-term reading projects involving small numbers of documents, they fall short of supporting readers who are engaged in longer-term reading projects, in which a topic is to be understood in-depth by reading many documents. These readers need to find and manage many documents and citations, remember what they have read, and prioritize what to read next. In this paper, we describe a software tool designed to facilitate in-depth reading. This tool is a document collection browser that supports reading tasks that take place over days, weeks, or longer. The browser includes a zoomable user interface that helps the reader see the details of a document corpus in context. We describe the browser's design and the design principles that motivated it.

 
 
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Bier, E. A. ; Good, L. ; Popat, K. ; Newberger, A. F. A document corpus browser for in-depth reading. Proceedings of the 2004 Joint ACM/IEEE Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2004); 2004 June 7-11; Tucson; AZ; USA. NY: ACM; 2004; 87-96.

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Copyright © ACM, 2004. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in JCDL 2004 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/996350.996373