Sharing Information from Personal Digital Notes using Word-Scale Visualizations

Abstract : We describe how small visualizations embedded in text (word-scale visualizations) can be used to share information from and in per- sonal notes. From our previous research, we learned that people see many opportunities for sharing personal notes, for example among a small social group. Yet, people reported that they were hesitant to share raw notes due to the notes’ often disorganized structure, haphazard writing style, or due to the fact that notes may contain a number of unrelated or irrelevant pieces of information. In this paper, we discuss how word-scale visualizations can be used in a collaborative personal visualization setting—to show abstracted information from a shared set of notes in the context of personal note- taking. In particular, we discuss potential kinds of data about notes that can be shared and motivate why sharing them may be helpful. Additionally, we provide two examples that illustrate the challenges and implications of using word-scale visualizations to share data in notes. The first example describes how notes in a shared notebook can be combined with private notes. The second example shows how data from public sources can be mixed with private comments to support sharing between notes on a common topic.
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Pascal Goffin, Wesley Willett, Petra Isenberg. Sharing Information from Personal Digital Notes using Word-Scale Visualizations. Proceedings of the IEEE VIS Workshop on Personal Visualization: Exploring Data in Everyday Life, Oct 2015, Los Alamitos, CA, United States. ⟨hal-01216223⟩

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