This paper describes a generic approach to the development of a virtual reality-based user interface for a collection of digital documents. We emphasize the role of intrinsic inter-document relationships in structuring and visualizing a digital library. We integrate techniques from information retrieval and structure modelling for visualizing the ACM Hypertext Compendium. Salient relationships in the Compendium are extracted and visualized as associative networks. A virtual reality-based user interface is automatically generated in VRML. We show that the spatial layout of the virtual world highlights prominent structural patterns in the Compendium. We discuss design issues concerning seamlessly browsing the digital library in a 3D virtual world and how users can search and browse within a consistent spatial metaphor provided by the user interface.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1998 31st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Part 1 (of 7) - Big Island, HI, USA|
Duration: 1998 Jan 6 → 1998 Jan 9
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science(all)