About this Blogsphere:

This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

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April 27, 2007

Using Mind Maps to Reach Visual Thinkers

Posted by gail mcgovern on December 18, 2005 @ clioinstitute blog
Not only does the article, Seven Steps for Effective Problem Solving in the Workplace, present a clear and concise approach to problem solving, it also includes a link to a companion mind map that makes its concepts more appealing to visual thinkers.

Think about how you could use this type of technique to engage visual thinkers on your library's website.

Related posts from my blog:
  • Mindmapping as a tool for assignments
  • FacetMap: A Scalable Search and Browse Visualization
  • Concept Mapping Technology - Tool to create HTML pathfinders?
  • April 16, 2007

    Add Sense to your AdSense: Visualizing the Return on Investment?

    This post is regularly updated. Last update May 5, 2007

    Thought for the day on Return on Investment (ROI):
    If only things could talk, they could tell us who made them and where they'd been. If they were lost, they could shout, "Here I am!" If they were damaged, mistreated, neglected or expired, they could tell us that, too. They could tell us how to use them, repair them and dispose of them safely. Are you reading me? KEN HUNT, Globe and Mail, 11/04/07

    Visualization is creating a mental picture of something in your mind's eye. Visualization techniques are important because they help make the future become more clear. Seeing yourself already achieving your goals makes your brain believe that attaining that goal is possible. Focusing consistently on any given goal will enable you to manifest it far sooner than if you do not focus on it at all; focusing brings the goal closer to you. Tips For Mastering Visualization Techniques, By Scott White Published 03/22/2007

    See also:

  • google adsense sparklines,
  • Jenett, Marilyn. "Are You Visualizing "Out There" Or From Within?." EzineArticles 10 November 2004. 15 April 2007
  • Inserting adsense code in Postnuke article by nmjudy
  • Adsense And The Surfer, Ryan Smith Published 03/22/2007
  • Sense and Nonsense About Adsense, By Alex Newell Published 03/22/2007
  • Google AdWords plus Google Analytics: Market Manipulation and Possibility of Mischief? by Avinash Kaushik
  • Google and Behavioral Targeting Part III – Google Buys Doubleclick, Anil Batra
  • Pattern for Reading Web Content

    Vijay Prabhakar (@ CSE494/598 Spring 2007 Blog) says:

    Here's an interesting article on the Pattern for reading Web content, which tracks the movement of eye while viewing Web content.
    F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content, Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, April 17, 2006:
    Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe.

    See also from my previous post:
  • FacetMap: A Scalable Search and Browse Visualization
  • Look and Feel of Browsers and Websites
  • A visual Newsmap
  • Visual Search Plus
  • Concept Mapping Technology - Tool to create HTML pathfinders?
  • April 09, 2007

    Mindmapping as a tool for assignments

    Bryan is a senior manager who recently qualified as an MBA. During the course, he was given a very tough assignment - to analyze the business opportunities and related ethical considerations arising from cancer in society

    See also:
  • Using Mind Mapping to plan an Assignment
  • Tool Helps Map Out Complex Subjects
  • Google for more and much more

    PS. Thanks to Roy Grubb for the mapping info., and about ways that add fun to the learning process.

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  • Powerpoint bad for brains - Menace of slideware

    7th April is the World Health Day. And, comes a health related alert--affecting business and their use of PowerPoint, in relation to human capability to visualize, store and retrieve information.

    By John Oates → 4th April 2007, Register, UK
    "Anyone who's been a victim of "death by Powerpoint" - that glazed and distant feeling that overwhelms you when some sales droid starts their presentation - will be reassured by Aussie researchers who've discovered biological reasons for the feeling.

    Humans just don't like absorbing information verbally and visually at the same time -one or the other is fine but not both simultaneously." ...

    "It is effective to speak to a diagram, because it presents information in a different form. But it is not effective to speak the same words that are written, because it is putting too much load on the mind & decreases your ability to understand what is being presented." ....

    There's more from the Sydney Morning Herald here, or there's an abstract of Sweller's work (pdf) here.
    Professor John Sweller is not the first to question the overarching power of Powerpoint. Edward Tufte is a professor emeritus at Yale and an information and interface design expert. His 2003 book The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within makes similar claims.® continue reading

    April 08, 2007

    FacetMap: A Scalable Search and Browse Visualization

    Facetmaps (or Facet maps) are an interesting visualization through the world of facets or categories for information storage & retrieval.

    "facetmap search visualization an interactive, query-driven data visualization technique for searching & browsing large, textual datasets, such as search results. the driving principle behind FacetMap is to show any size dataset in the most useful way, given the screen space constraints, the number of items, & the attributes (e.g. by time, by type, by author, etc.), of those items. for instance, when the dataset is too large to display all items within each facet at a useful size, FacetMap collapses individual items into oval bubbles representing groups of items that share common attribute values." continue reading @ information aesthetics

    See a detailed study:
  • FacetMap: A Scalable Search and Browse Visualization, Greg Smith, Mary Czerwinski, Brian Meyers, Daniel Robbins, George Robertson, Desney S. Tan [pdf] [html]

    See my related posts:
  • Look and Feel of Browsers and Websites
  • A visual Newsmap
  • Visual Search Plus
  • Concept Mapping Technology - Tool to create HTML pathfinders?
  • April 07, 2007

    Blogs and visual innovation

    Thanks to the initiative Efios blog, for this creative visualization, this helps both personal and corporate bloggers increase their visibility. And a quote:
    "Images can be used to elicit creative ideas from a group by tapping into the source of innovation, ideas that tend to be more holistic than linear, more intuitive than rational. Creativity is enhanced when people interact with images. Seeing is personal and draws on unconscious elements. When looking at the same image, everyone has a somewhat different interpretation of what they are seeing, based on past experiences..." continue reading

    Google for more.
    Previous posts from my blogs:

  • Look and Feel of Browsers and Websites
  • Visual Search Plus
  • Add a little more random to your product