From Google to browser bookmark menus, collections of information resources are
typically presented in a form which is impoverished for cognition and
experience: the list of textual elements.
We need to represent collections of information resources in
personal forms that help us discover connections between the resources.
combinFormation is a mixed-initiative tool for browsing and collecting,
which uses sampling and composition to make connections
between information resources visible.
Information composition is a holistic, integrative representation for information collections,
in which a set of visual semantic clippings and annotations is arranged to form a connected whole.
Some examples by students in ENDS 101, are here.
The CreativeIT canon compositions are here.
interactive, cloud-based, curation application that uses information composition for
collecting, arranging, annotating and browsing image, text, and video clippings from web pages.
Curation is the process of finding, choosing, collecting and organizing items of interest.
clippings are presented as rich bookmarks,
combining image, text, or video visuals with navigable metadata,
supporting navigation back to the source and linked web pages.
Rich metadata, like the authors, categories, and citations of articles and patents, and the price,
ratings and store sections of Amazon products, is extracted for each clipping source.
Compositing operations on image clippings can be used to create a visual sense of connectedness among adjacent elements.
InfoComposer, combinFormation, and CollageMachine were prior interactive
systems that used forms of information composition to represent collections
of visual, semantic, navigational elements.
Webb, A.M., Linder, R., Kerne, A., Lupfer, N., Qu, Y., Poffenberger, B., and Revia, C.,
Promoting Reflection and Interpretation in Education: Curating Rich Bookmarks as Information Composition,
Proc. Creativity and Cognition 2013, Sydney, Australia, June 2013.