The Bohemian Bookshelf
A Visualization to Support Serendipitous Browsing in Book Collections
The Bohemian Bookshelf is a visualization that was designed to facilitate open-ended exploration and serendipitous discoveries in digital library collections. This project is a collaboration with Uta Hinrichs and Sheelagh Carpendale from the InnoVis Group of the University of Calgary.
Typical digital search engines that require the input of a query can be a problematic starting point when we do not know exactly what we want. With the Bohemian Bookshelf, our intention was to create a digital parallel to the open-ended "browsing the shelves" experience that has been shown to encourage serendipitous discoveries in libraries or bookstores. Through the use of information visualization, we aim to entice curiosity and a playful, open-ended approach to book browsing. The five interlinked visualizations of the Bohemian Bookshelf provide different and unconventional access points to a book collection, highlight different relationships between books, and provide multiple pathways for exploring book collections.
Try out the prototype on the external project page or read more in the following publications:
Alice Thudt, Uta Hinrichs and Sheelagh Carpendale.
The Bohemian Bookshelf: Supporting Serendipitous Book Discoveries through Information Visualization
In CHI 2012: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (10 pages)
Alice Thudt. The Bohemian Bookshelf: Design and Implementation of a Visualization Prototype for Serendipitous Browsing
Project Thesis 2011 (38 pages)