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Stackables: Combining Tangibles for Faceted Browsing

Stefanie Klum
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Petra Isenberg
Ricardo Langner
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Jean-Daniel Fekete


We introduce Stackables: tangibles designed to support faceted information seeking in a variety of contexts. We are faced, more than ever, with tasks that require us to find, access, and act on information by ourselves or together with others. Current interfaces for browsing and search in large data spaces, however, largely focus on the support of either individual or collaborative activities. Stackables were designed to bridge this gap and be useful in meetings, for sharing results from individual search activities, and for realistic datasets including multiple facets with large value ranges. Each Stackable tangible represents search parameters that can be shared amongst collaborators, modified during an information seeking process, and stored and transferred. We describe Stackables, their flexible and expressive combination to formulate queries, and the underlying interaction concept in detail. An evaluation provides initial evidence of their usability in targeted and exploratory information seeking tasks.
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hal-00689958 , version 1 (20-04-2012)



Stefanie Klum, Petra Isenberg, Ricardo Langner, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Raimund Dachselt. Stackables: Combining Tangibles for Faceted Browsing. Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI), May 2012, New York, NY, United States. pp.241--248, ⟨10.1145/2254556.2254600⟩. ⟨hal-00689958⟩
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