Since 1971, email has grown rapidly in popularity and has become a central part of many users’ personal and professional lives. Despite its impressive role in society, there are still few tools available to explore archives of email. The need for such tools will grow as valuable email archives increase in availability. The U.S. National Archives preserves emails as government records, a recently released collection of Enron emails has attracted significant public attention, and some individuals have now accumulated email collections that span decades. Historians and social scientists will undoubtedly find these archives to be a valuable basis for understanding the individuals and organizations that created them. However, it is currently far from clear how these explorers will gain the context they need to understand the archive’s numerous conversations. Our goal is to present new visualizations for exploring the archived email of individuals, and the organizational and social spaces to which they belong.
- Just released, Dr. Shneiderman's Email Archive, is the source of some papers outlied in this site. This dataset spanning 15 years and containing over 44,0000 emails is available to valid researchers upon approval for additional email research.
- In May 2006, Portraits of Email Practices, research done in collaboration with Microsoft Research, was presented at AVI 2006 in Venice, Italy.
- In April 2006, Susan Davis presented our work at the Email Curation conference in Newcastle, UK.
- The workshop on Email Visualization during the HCIL's annual open house was a great success.
- Our first paper based on our work, entitled Using Rhythms of Relationships to Understand Email Archives, was accepted for publication in JASIST.