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Monadic Exploration: Seeing the Whole Through Its Parts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Comber, Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson


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Monadic exploration is a new approach to interacting with relational information spaces that challenges the distinction between the whole and its parts. Building on the work of sociologists Gabriel Tarde and Bruno Latour we turn to the concept of the monad as a useful lens on online communities and collections that expands the possibility for creating meaning in their navigation. While existing interfaces tend to emphasize either the structure of the whole or details of a part, monadic exploration brings these opposing perspectives closer together in continuous movements between partially overlapping points of view. We present a visualization that reflects a given node’s relative position within a network using radial displacements and visual folding. To investigate the potential of monadic exploration we report on an iterative design process of a web-based visualization of a highly cross- referenced book and its six-month deployment.

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Author(s): Dörk M, Comber R, Dade-Robertson M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 1535-1544

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557083

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ISBN: 9781450324731