The Information Visualizer: An Information Workspace


This paper proposes a concept for the user interface of information retrieval systems called an information workspace. The concept goes beyond the usual notion of an information retrieval system to encompass the cost structure of information from secondary storage to immediate use. As an implementation of the concept, the paper describes an experimental system, called the Information Visualizer, and its rationale. The system is based on (1) the use of 3D/Rooms for increasing the capacity of immediate storage available to the user, (2) the Cognitive Co-processor scheduler-based user interface interaction architecture for coupling the user to information agents, and (3) the use of information visualization for interacting with information structure.

Stuart K Card
Jock D Mackinlay
George G Robertson
Publication Date: 
Monday, April 1, 1991
Publication Information: 
Proceedings of CHI'91, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 181-188.