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HCIL-95-20

North, C., Shneiderman, B., Plaisant, C. (October 1995)
User Controlled Overviews of an Image Library: A Case Study of the Visible Human
Proc. of the 1st ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries (Bethesda, MD, March 20-23, 1996) 74-82. ACM, New York. In addition a video "Browsing anatomical image databases: A case study of the Visible Human" appeared in CHI 96 Video Program with a two-page video summary in ACM CHI '96 Conference Companion (Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 13-18, 1996) 414-415, http://www.acm.org/sigchi/chi96/proceedings. The video is also available from HCIL as part of the 1995 HCIL Video report. [Published Version]
HCIL-95-20, CS-TR-3550, CAR-TR-798, ISR-TR-95-99.

This paper proposes a user interface for remote browsing of the Visible Human digital image library from the National Library of Medicine. The interface presents the user with a pair of tightly coupled views into the data set. The overview image provides a global view of the overall search space, and the preview image provides details about high resolution images available for downloading. The user sweeps the views through the search space and receives smooth, rapid feedback of contents. The interface software is completely functional and is freely available for public use at http://www.nlm.nih.gov.


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