For my final project. I will design a text visualization system specifically for students. The system will allow the user to choose short stories, novels, poems, and online texts to visualize in the system. The working title of the project is called StudentView. The user will type in the url into the browser and be brought to a screen that looks like Google. The user will type in the name of the text that they would like to visualize to see if it is already in the database. If not, the user has the option to upload their text that they want to visualize.From there, the user will be brought to this screen.
The user can choose to look at the text in its entirety, look at individual paragraphs/stanzas/chapters of the text, or compare different paragraphs/stanzas/chapters of the text. The three main windows in the text view will be a preview window, workspace window, and text window. In the preview window, the user will be able to see a preview of how different views of the text will look in a word tree, word trends, tag cloud, words in context, or an extra view of the text. The user can then drag and drop that view into the workspace window. In the workspace window, the user will be able to see a larger view of the specific window. The user can drag as many views into the workspace window as they would like. In the text view, the user can see the entirety of the text. On the right hand side there is a heat map view of the text. If you search for a word, the heat map will show where that word appears most frequently. You can change the setting of the heat map to show individual lines , sections, or chapters. In addition to searching for only one word, you can search for more than one word and the additional word would be added to all of the preview windows and text. For example, if you searched the word Sherlock in the search bar, the text would highlight in yellow all the instances where Sherlock appeared and in the preview windows, the visualization would revolve around the word Sherlock. If you wanted to search an addition word such as London, the views would update to include Sherlock and London. This way you can see the relationship between the two words.
The Chapter Comparison view allows the user to compare different sections of the novel, short story, or poem. In this view, the user can choose a view that they want to see across all of the different chapters from the top menu. For example, if the user wanted to see the word trend of the word Sherlock in each chapter, you can compare the line graph of all the chapters quickly.
My tool will include basic ideas from information visualization principles. This tool will have details on demand, small multiples, brushing between views, animation transitions. I will be using the tool Axure to create an interactive prototype of my tool. Axure allows me to include the drag and drop functionality that would be hard to replicate using PowerPoint on Flash. I am excited for this project and believe that it could truly be useful for students.