The Bohemian Bookshelf: Supporting Serendipitous Book Discoveries through Information Visualization

Alice Thudt, Uta Hinrichs, Sheelagh Carpendale

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Abstract / Description of output

Serendipity, a trigger of exciting yet unexpected discoveries, is an important but comparatively neglected factor in information seeking, research, and ideation. We suggest that serendipity can be facilitated through visualization. To explore this, we introduce the Bohemian Bookshelf, which aims to support serendipitous discoveries in the context of digital book collections. The Bohemian Bookshelf consists of five interlinked visualizations each offering a unique overview of the collection. It aims at encouraging serendipity by (1) offering multiple visual access points to the collection, (2) highlighting adjacencies between books, (3) providing flexible visual pathways for exploring the collection, (4) enticing curiosity through abstract, metaphorical, and visually distinct representations of books, and (5) enabling a playful approach to information exploration. A deployment at a library revealed that visitors embraced this approach of utilizing visualization to support open-ended explorations and serendipitous discoveries. This encourages future explorations into promoting serendipity through information visualization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages1461–1470
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450310154
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2012
Event2012 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Austin, United States
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012
Conference number: 30

Conference

Conference2012 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin
Period5/05/1210/05/12

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • information visualization
  • serendipity
  • library interfaces

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