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SIGIA-L: [Forwarded] A Remarkable E-Journal Index

From: Richard Hill (
Date: Tue Nov 28 2000 - 10:37:22 EST

[Forwarded with permission. Dick Hill]
                         _A Remarkable E-Journal Index_

    This weekend in reviewing the functionality of the _Journal of
Artificial Intelligence Research_ (JAIR) - an international electronic and
print journal [] - I discovered that it provides a
most *remarkable* index to its articles in what is called an "Information

      [ ] .

The Information Space is an applet that is automatically loaded upon
visiting the address. The address

         [ ]

also provides a description and details on navigating the contents of JAIR.

Here's a textual description of the Information Space


  An information space is a type of information design in which
representations of information objects are situated in a principled space.
In a principled space location and direction have meaning, so that mapping
and navigation become possible.

     Applying this terminology to this information space, we have yellow
squares representing JAIR articles (the information objects) arranged
according to two hierarchically constructed principles: first, the squares
are within circles reflecting their categorization; and second, the circles
are arranged so that categories which are more similar are closer
together. The metric used to determine pairwise similarity is the number of
articles judged to be appropriate for both categories, although only one
category is assigned each article for the visualization. The visualization
behaves as information map, providing a survey view of the relationships
between articles as derived
from the category assignment.


A page describing the design rationale for this information space [AN
INFORMATION SPACE DESIGN RATIONALE] by Mark A. Foltz, the Information Space
developer' is available

  [ ] .

In addition, Foltz's *outstanding* Master's thesis _Designing Navigable
Information Spaces_ (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 1998)


provides additional details and graphics about the JAIR project and its
Information Space


The Information Space was designed by the Information Architecture project
[ ] at the MIT Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory [ ]. "The Information Architecture
project seeks to create information spaces, where people will use this
awareness to search, browse, and learn. In the same way that they navigate
in the physical environment, they will navigate through knowledge."

[For any who have attended any of my recent conference presentation, this
Information Space implementation is a realization of what I have advocated
for the past few years! [YES!]

     Words can not adequately describe the Information Space for JAIR; only
the experience can convey the true value and impact on this novel index.!
[IMHO: If there's one site that you visit after you dig out from your
holiday backlog this is it!]

      I am greatly interested in learning about Any and All other
innovative access methods to E-journal content, similar or different than
the Information Space.

     As Always, Any and All contributions, questions, critiques, comments,
queries, transition teams, cosmic insights, etc. are Most Welcome.

/Gerry McKiernan
Spaced Librarian
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011

             "The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It!"
                                                 Alan Kay

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American Society for Information Science and Technology
(as of Sept 27, 2000)
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