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1998 Video Reports

Introduction (25 MB) (2:39) Ben Shneiderman
LifeLines: Enhancing Navigation and Analysis of Patient Records (103 MB) (7:41) Catherine Plaisant, Jia Li et al.
Using the familiar metaphor of timelines, LifeLines takes advantage of our ability to visually analyze information-abundant displays, and facilitates access to the details in the medical patient record. A Java user interface presents a one-screen overview. Problems, diagnoses, test results, or medications can be represented as dots or horizontal lines. Zooming provides more details; line color and thickness illustrate relationships or significance. The visual display acts as a giant menu, giving direct access to the details.
SimPLE: Simulated Processes in a Learning Environment (52 MB) (4:10) Anne Rose
We have developed an application framework for creating simulation-based learning environments. We call it SimPLE. These environments use dynamic simulations and visualizations to represent realistic, time-dependent behavior; and are coupled with guidance material and other software aids that facilitate the learning process. The Software architecture enables independent contributions of both educational content (e.g., simulation models, guidance materials) and cognitive user environments such as user interface and software.
Pad++: A Zooming User Interface (41 MB) (3:25) Ben Bederson
This video demonstrates Pad++, a zooming user unterface (ZUI) designed for interactive graphical data creation and browsing. It takes the spatial metaphor standard from the computer window desktop interface one step further by incorporating the concept of scale. Pad++ is a two-dimensional surface that acts like a sketchpad, but is orders of magnitude larger in extent and resolution. This allows information to be created not only at any location, but at any size as well.
LinKit: Tight Coupling for Flexible Mutiple-Window Coordination (95 MB) (7:28) Chris North
LinKit prototypes demonstrate an end-user capability to coordinate windows for advanced information browsing. Pairs of wondows, when linked by the user, are tightly coupled so that browsing in one window causes continuous visual feedback in other windows.
Query Previews for NASA EOSDIS: An Update (46 MB) (3:30) Ben Shneiderman and Catherine Plaisant
The Earth Observation System Data and Information System will access very large NASA databases over computer networks. Query previews present an overview of the entire database, where users make rough selections over a small number of attributes. Queries are then refined over other database attributes, elimating zero-hit queries. We present the most recent version, in operation at NASA, for the Global Change Master Directory.
Children as Our Technology Design Partners (86 MB) (6:22) Allison Druin and Ken Weinstein
Children's input into the design and development process is critical. New technologies for children has become a growing industry, an emerging area of research and an important educational tool for childhood learning. With the growing importance of these new technologies, this video shows new development methodologies that ask children to be technology design partners in an on-going intergenerational design team.
Genex: An Introduction (213 MB) (17:21) Ben Shneiderman
This video presents the opening of my CHI98 keynote address "Codex, memex, genex: The pursuit of transformational technologies." Genex is a framework for an integrated set of software tools that support creatvity in science, medicine, the arts, and beyond. It's comprised of four phases: (1) collect information from an existing domain of knowledge; (2) create innovations using advanced tools; (3) consult with peers or mentors in the field; and (4) disseminate the results widely. This presentation was built by Ben Bederson (with Allison Druin) using the innovative Pad++ zooming user interface.
Genex: A Medical Scenario (150 MB) (11:42) Ben Shneiderman
This video continues my CHI98 keynote address. It creates a medical scenario showing how a physician might treat a patient by appropriately using the four phases of Genex. This playful scenario begins when Dorothy Gale returns from Emerald City in the Land of Oz with a mysterious ruby red rash.
Human Values for Shaping Educational Technology (73 MB) (7:32) Ben Shneiderman
This extract from a satellite TV presentation focuses on the philosophy of "Relate-Create-Donate." It suggests that students should work in teams to create ambitious projects, that they could not create individually, that should be meaningful to someone outside the classroom. A website with student project reports is shown. The full tape (WETC Keynote '97 #35006) is available from Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation, 3319 West Beltline Highway, Madison, WI 53713-4296.

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