Concept mapping and author mapping by Dr. Xia Lin

I have been researching the possibility of linking authors to their co-authors and creating a visual network structure that can be traversed. It will will help users discover author linkages that they were not aware of or potential collaborator for their research. OR maybe find articles that may be of interest.

I happened to run into this article written on ScienceDirect by Dr.Xia Lin. Brilliant piece of research work but its still a lot to digest for a lesser being like me. I managed to find Dr. Xia Lin’s profile at Drexel university and chanced upon these amazing set of findings. The projects linked to here give me a lot more information in 30 minutes of playing around, than reading a 20 page article.

This is further evidence to my theory that prototyping an idea is worth more than several hours of discussion and documentation trying to explain it in words.

Research Projects

Starting from my dissertation, I have devoted enormous amounts of hours in developing research prototypes as a part of my research outcome. Most of the prototypes are Web-based applications for real world problems. They are all related to the central question of my research: how to apply the advanced information technology to facilitate human information seeking in the digital environment. These prototypes provide some answers to the question. (1) Information must be made visible to information seekers. (2) Association of information should be derived and presented to information seekers for effective retrieval. (3) People and computers must work collaboratively (not just interactively as supported by current information systems).

Explore these prototypes and let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Current Projects:

  • AuthorMap — Instant auothor co-citation maps for interactive retrieval
  • Visual Concept Explorer — A semantic mapping tool for concept exploration and visual searching
  • PNASLink: — A journal mapping prototype for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA (Award winning submission to INFOVIS’2004).
  • What’s New — Exploratory PubMed Search Interface
  • Digital Museum — 3D panorama view of the physical collections of historic costumes housed at Drexel University

Previous Projects:

  • Knowledge Class — A Web-based customization tool for knowledge organization
  • Visual MeSH — A Java RMI application to provide visual interaction with Medical concepts in MetaThesaurus and MEDLINE.
  • MEDLINE Search Assistant — searches using drag and drop techniques.
  • Visual Sitemap — Automatically generated site maps for web sites or link collections
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