Given common search interfaces, it is difficult to gain orientation within large information spaces and explore information along conceptual dimensions such as time, location, and topics. Visual information exploration on the Web aims to support a more active way of finding and exploring information by the means of coordinated visualizations. Drawing from both visual information seeking and faceted navigation, interactive visualization widgets called VisGets combine graphical summaries and query formulation. VisGets provide the information seeker with visual overviews of multiple aspects of Web resources and a way to pose a search query visually within the Web-browser. This facilitates the construction of combined queries with temporal, spatial, and semantic constraints.
This project was carried out at the University of Calgary.