Second International Workshop on
Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries

at the ACM+IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
July 18th, 2002, Portland, Oregon, USA


Workshop Organizers
Katy Börner
School of Library and Information Science
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
katy@indiana.edu
Chaomei Chen
College of Information Science and Technology
Drexel University 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
Chaomei.Chen@cis.drexel.edu

Aims
The primary aim of the workshop is to raise the awareness of several interconnected fields of research related to the design and use of visual interfaces to digital libraries, especially in information visualization, human-computer interaction, and cognitive psychology. This workshop also aims to stimulate participants to reflect on the state of the art in their own fields by identifying challenging issues concerning visual interfaces and thereby fostering a multidisciplinary research agenda for future research and development. 

Objectives

  • To provide a stimulating forum for researchers in information visualization and digital libraries to share their views, experiences, and plans.
  • To raise the awareness of the state of the art in related fields of research.
  • To identify a research agenda concerning the role of visual interfaces in digital library research.
  • To exploit potentially useful theories, methodologies, and technologies.
  • To establish long-term interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from different fields.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Web based Visual Interfaces
  • Mobile Access to Information
  • Collaborative Document Spaces
  • Usability and Formal Methods - see also JCDL-WS on Usability for Digital Libraries 
  • Real World Needs, Products & Applications
Expected audience
The workshop is suitable for researchers, practitioners, software developers/vendors, and graduate students in the areas of information visualization, digital libraries, human-computer interaction, library and information science, and computer science.

JCDL Workshop Prelude on July 17th
A workshop prelude that aims to facilitate the cross-fertilization of topics presented at four JCDL WSs will take place on July 17th, 5:30-7:30pm in the Hawthorne Room.
It features short overviews of the WS topics as well as talks, presentations, and demos of four workshops:

All JCDL attendees are welcome to participate. 

Workshop Schedule for July 18th
8:30am Welcome and Introduction by Katy Börner (slides)
8:45am Keynote Talk by Tim Bray, Antarti.ca Systems 
9:30am Open Discussion: The Role of Visual Interfaces in Digital Libraries; Self Introduction of WS Participants; Identification of Important Issues to be Addressed. 
10:00am Break & System Demos
10:45am Presentation of 3 Papers (a 15min + 5min) and General Discussion (Session Chair: Dan Ancona, University of California) 
- Time as Essence for Photo Browsing Through Personal Digital Libraries by Graham et al., Stanford University, USA
- Interactive Timeline Viewer (ItLv): A Tool to Visualize Variants Among Documents by Monroy et al., Texas A&M University, USA (slides)
- Variations2: Toward Visual Interfaces for Digital Music Libraries by Notess & Minibayeva, Indiana University, USA  (slides)
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Break 
1:30pm Presentation of 4 Papers (a 15min + 5min) and General Discussion (Session Chair: Anselm Spoerri, Rutgers University) 
- Accessing Libraries as Easy as a Game by Christoffel & Schmitt, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (slides)
- Interactive Information Visualization in the Digital Flora of Texas by Ong & Leggett, Texas A&M University, USA (slides)
- Towards Escaping the Interface Local Minimum: Visualization and the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype by Ancona & Smith, University of California, USA (slides, use IE or Mozilla to view)
- A Lightweight Protocol between Digital Libraries and Visualization Systems by Rao Shen, Jun Wang & Eduard A. Fox, Virginia Tech, USA (slides)
3:00pm Break & System Demos
3:45pm Expert Panel: Challenges and Opportunities 
4:30pm Summary and Conclusion (slides)
5:00pm Close 

Keynote speaker: Tim Bray, Antarcti.ca Systems
Title: Design Criteria for Visual Interfaces to Anything
Abstract: We assume that Visual Interfaces are a necessity for the Digital Library.  In fact, the Antarcti.ca project goes further in the belief that visual interfaces are appropriate for almost any dataset too big to display on a single screen.  But there are dangers: first, there are really bad reasons to engage in visualization.  Second, where visualization is appropriate, it's possible to build a really bad interface.  In this presentation we lay out a set of criteria, first for where visualization is appropriate and second, what are the criteria for excellence in doing it. We draw on the work of Edward Tufte and other pioneering thinkers in the general area.
Bio: Tim Bray has 20 years of experience in software, almost all of it related to textual applications and search.  In 1987 he managed the New Oxford English Dictionary Project at the University of Waterloo; in 1989 co-founded Open Text Corporation; in 1994 built one of the first commercially successful Internet Search Engines; in 1996-99, as an invited expert at the W3C, co-invented XML; and in 1999 founded Antarcti.ca Systems.
Antarcti.ca's highly scalable Visual Net software powers in PubMed, Map.Net, and VCDeal map.

Accepted Papers
Time as Essence for Photo Browsing Through Personal Digital Libraries by Adrian Graham, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke & Terry Winograd, Stanford University, USA
Interactive Timeline Viewer (ItLv): A Tool to Visualize Variants Among Documents by Carlos Monroy, Rajiv Kochumman, Richard Furuta & Eduardo Urbina, Texas A&M University, USA
Variations2: Toward Visual Interfaces for Digital Music Libraries by Mark Notess & Natalia Minibayeva, Indiana University, USA
Accessing Libraries as Easy as a Game by Michael Christoffel & Bethina Schmitt, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Interactive Information Visualization in the Digital Flora of Texas by TeongJoo Ong & John J. Leggett, Texas A&M University, USA
Visual Explorations for the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype by Dan Ancona & Terry Smith, University of California, USA
A Lightweight Protocol between Digital Libraries and Visualization Systems by Rao Shen, Jun Wang & Eduard A. Fox, Virginia Tech, USA
System Demos
PubMed, Map.Net, and VCDeal map by Tim Bray, Antarti.ca Systems
Interactive Information Visualization in the Digital Flora of Texas by John Leggett, Texas A&M University
2D and 3D Visualization of Large Information Spaces by Carlos Proal, Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico
ENVISION_ODL a Lightweight Protocol between Digital Libraries and Visualization Systems by Rao Shen, Virginia Tech
Library without Walls, Tamara McMahon, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Ted Nelson's ZigZag and How It Can Serve as a Data Structure or Map for Multi-Dimensional Constructs by Nicholas Carroll, Hastings Research
James Burke’s Knowledge Web by Patrick McKercher
Collaborative Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries by Katy Börner, Indiana University
Visualizing Knowledge Domains (poster) by Katy Börner, Indiana University,Chaomei Chen, Drexel University and Kevin W. Boyack, Sandia National Laboratories

Registration
All workshop participants are required to register for the workshop ($70 before 5/31, $80 after 5/31, no lunch included) via the JCDL registration page. You do not need to register for JCDL if you attend the workshop only.

Important Dates
May 12th: Submissions of 2-6 page position paper
May 27th: Notification of acceptance or rejection of papers
May 31st: Early registration deadline for JCDL
June 24th: Submission of camera ready copy of papers (max. 6 pages)
July 18th: Workshop

Submission & Selection
You are invited to submit a 2-6 page position paper by May 12th. No late submissions will be accepted. JCDL 2002 will accept electronic submissions only. PDF submissions are preferred; however, Postscript, MS Word,
and RTF submissions will also be accepted.  Papers should be no longer than 2-6 pages, and conform to the format specified in these templates: 
MS Word 6 - http://www.ils.unc.edu/jcdl2002/cfp.doc
MS 2000 - http://www.ils.unc.edu/jcdl2002/cfp-2000.doc
Latex - http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html#qL1 (choose option 1) 

Please send your submission to visual@slis.indiana.edu. If you don't receive an acknowledgment of your submission within 2 days please contact katy@indiana.edu.
Full papers for presentation will be selected by an international program committee composed of leading researchers in this area in university, government, and industry. The camera-ready copy of accepted papers can be up to 6 pages long. 

Springer has accepted to publish a selected set of extended papers of the 2001 and 2002 JCDL workshop on "Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries" in its Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for review and publication in this edited book that aims to provide a comprehensive coverage of the topic to a wider audience.

Workshop Participants


Program Committee
Ann Blandford
UCL Interaction Centre University College London
UK 
A.Blandford@ucl.ac.uk
  Kevin W. Boyack
Computation, Computers & Math Center 
Sandia National Laboratories 
USA 
kboyack@sandia.gov 
 
Martin Dodge
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
University College London 
UK 
m.dodge@ucl.ac.uk 
  Xia Lin
College of Information Science and Technology
Drexel University
USA
linx@post.drexel.edu 
 
John MacColl
SELLIC Director 
University of Edinburgh 
UK 
john.maccoll@ed.ac.uk 
  Sougata Mukherjea
Verity
USA
smukherj@verity.com
 
Sue O'Hare
Research Group
Consignia
UK 
sue.ohare@consignia.com
  Scott Robertson 
College of Information Science and Technology 
Drexel University
USA
scott.robertson@cis.drexel.edu
 
André Skupin
Department of Geography University of 
New Orleans
USA
askupin@uno.edu
     


Min Xiao & Katy Börner
Last update: June 25, 2002