Using the Journalistic Metaphor to Design User Interfaces That Explain Sensor Data

Abstract : Facilitating general access to data from sensor networks (including traffic, hydrology and other domains) increases their utility. In this paper we argue that the journalistic metaphor can be effectively used to automatically generate multimedia presentations that help non-expert users analyze and understand sensor data. The journalistic layout and style are familiar to most users. Furthermore, the journalistic approach of ordering information from most general to most specific helps users obtain a high-level understanding while providing them the freedom to choose the depth of analysis to which they want to go. We describe the general characteristics and architectural requirements for an interactive intelligent user interface for exploring sensor data that uses the journalistic metaphor. We also describe our experience in developing this interface in real-world domains (e.g., hydrology).
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Martin Molina, Enrique Parodi, Amanda Stent. Using the Journalistic Metaphor to Design User Interfaces That Explain Sensor Data. 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2011, Lisbon, Portugal. pp.636-643, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-23765-2_43⟩. ⟨hal-01591839⟩

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