SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Thoughts on WebBrain?
Re: SIGIA-L: Thoughts on WebBrain?
From: Jay Bain (jay_at_cyberzen.com)
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 16:23:49 EDT
Another possibility for visually demonstrating relationships, or change in
state, might be a treemap.
For example, take a look at SmartMoney's Map of the Market:
as a visualization tool for looking at market behavior.
I confess I am a relative newbie at IA but I am dealing with UI/IA in
wireless devices, so all these types of discussions are very prescient to
me in the tiny screen world. Thanks!
At 11:00 PM 7/28/00 -0700, erdman wrote:
>Relationship structures are not new and a number of companies have been
>making inroads into this kind of thinking. Whether or not that can truly be
>embraced in a commercial setting is another story. But it is very
>I have seen only two models for organizing information:
>1. a directory tree structure (a file cabinet metaphor)
>2. a relational or association structure
>For other relational structure manifestations go to:
>Plumb Design's thinkmap (thinkmap.com)
>Inxight's hyperbolic tree (inxight.com)
>If anyone has other sources or models please send along.
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> > From: "A Light" <sidhene_at_hotmail.com>
> > Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 17:23:56 PDT
> > To: sigia-l_at_asis.org
> > Subject: Re: SIGIA-L: Thoughts on WebBrain?
> > I saw something like this about a year ago...
> > I would say webbrain is novel, but I don't think it's 'revolutionary' and I
> > have doubts about how scalable it is.
> > As someone who's worked with a large directory (snap.com), I would predict
> > that this model won't work very well after a certain size. There will
> > be too many related topics on the screen to make sense to the user at a
> > glance.
> > That said, I really like the direction they've taken. I found it very
> > helpful to put the 'originating' topic in the middle of the screen. I also
> > like the lines showing how a subtopic related to several others. And for
> > sites that are only a few thousand pages or less, it could be really
> > ----Original Message Follows----
> > From: Michael Fry <mwf24_at_drexel.edu>
> > Apologies if this has already been mentioned on the list, but I was
> > recently referred to http://www.thebrain.com, a graphic method of
> > displaying, organizing and visualizing information spaces.
> > According to the site, "Traditional directory trees confine information to
> > a strict hierarchical organization and are incapable of expressing the
> > multi-layered relationships that exist in the real world. TheBrain is an
> > associative information organization system--any piece of information can
> > be linked to any other piece. TheBrain...enables you to link information
> > into a network of logical associations. TheBrain's display is organized
> > around a thought, surrounded by all its related thoughts. Clicking on any
> > thought brings it to the center of the display, and the interface is
> > automatically reconfigured to new related thoughts...The Brain lets you
> > follow a train of thought, flowing from one item to the next."
> > Please take a look at The Brain and let me (the list) know what you think.
> > Is this considered significant or groundbreaking in any way? Has
> > association been show to be a more effective method of organizing and
> > displaying information (than, for example, files and folders)?
> > Thanks. I look forward to hearing your opinions.
> > mf
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