SpaceTree: a novel node-link tree browser
SpaceTree is a novel tree browser that builds on the conventional layout node link diagrams along a single preferred direction. It adds dynamic rescaling of branches of the tree to best fit the available screen space, optimized camera movement, and the use of preview icons summarizing the topology of the branches that cannot be expanded. In addition, it includes integrated search and filter functions. This paper reflects on the evolution of the design and highlights the principles that emerged from it. A controlled experiment showed benefits for navigation tasks to already previously visited nodes and estimation of overall tree topology.
Grosjean, Faculty Research Assistant and main
Plaisant, Associate Research Scientist, HCIL
Bederson, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Watch the 2002 video uploaded on YouTube:
SpaceTree is one of the HCIL
Products available for licensing by the
of Technology Commercialization at the University of Maryland.
Please read the licensing terms carefully and register first. This will
lead you to the download area. By downloading SpaceTree, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the
SpaceTree Noncommercial Use License. If you need more information on licensing SpaceTree and its source code please contact Gayatri Varma
at the Office
of Technology Commercialization 301-405-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Java application, requires Java 1.4) - 1.9 Mg - April. 2003
Video demo of version 1.1(orgchart) 5.6 Mg
Video demo of version 1.1 (find planaria) 2.7 Mg
APPLET DEMO (requires Java 1.4 - partial demo - still runs as of July 2014)
Java Web Start Demo (Probably cannot work anymore... Requires Java 1.4 and Java Web Start installed on your computer.) .
Publications and reports:
Plaisant, C., Grosjean, J., Bederson, B.,
SpaceTree: Supporting Exploration in Large Node Link Tree,
Design Evolution and Empirical Evaluation
Procedings of IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2002 (57 -64), Boston, October 2002
Sponsors and Partners:
This project is supported
in part by and DARPA.
The animal taxonomy data was provided by the University of Michigan Museum of
Zoology Animal Diversity Web www.animaldiversity.org
Other relevant HCIL pages
A variation of spacetree (see this blog entry) for diversity data.