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Re: freebase parallax: user interface for browsing graphs of data

From: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:36:09 -0700
Message-ID: <48A264B9.1040906@alum.mit.edu>
To: Georgi Kobilarov <gkob@gmx.de>
CC: public-lod@w3.org, semantic-web@w3c.org

Hi Georgi,

I'm glad you like it! And I'm glad you said what you didn't like about 
it :-) Indeed, initially, the facets and the connections were not 
separated. Then, from user feedback, I split them apart, making those 
two conceptually different features independent and visually separate. 
So if I had it my way, they would be together; but by listening to other 
people, they are now separate. Who knows, by listening to even more 
people, I might put them back together again. :-)

Which is to say that I'm really not committed to any particular UI 
design. And it's not accurate to say that I don't believe in the 
usability of bidirectional filtering. I do recognize the desire for 
that, but I just didn't think I had the right UI design for it at the 
time, and even now. So I chose not to support bidirectional filtering in 
Parallax, at least until I figure out a UI solution that I'm comfortable 
with. But you might as well beat me to it :-) And that's great, too! The 
more experimentation, the better! Looking forward to see what you come 
up with!



Georgi Kobilarov wrote:
> Hi David,
> absolute fantastic work!
> I very much like the way of selecting connection (and filter) from a
> list grouped by type. Although I'm missing the option to select all
> resources just based on type (without selecting a particular
> predicate/relation). E.g. looking at presidents and then selecting
> location instead of having to select location (birth) or location
> (death).
> What I don't like is the separation of instance-based faceted filters
> (left hand side) and connections (right hand side). 
> I know that you don't believe in the usability of bidirectional
> filtering (e.g. starting with movies, pivoting to actors, filtering on
> location, and then going *back* to movies to see a filtered set of
> movies). We've discussed that end of last year on the simile list. I'll
> try to disprove that with a prototype of mine ;)
> Great to see that you're back with new brilliant UI work again!!
> Cheers,
> Georgi
> --
> Georgi Kobilarov
> Freie Universitšt Berlin
> www.georgikobilarov.com
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: public-lod-request@w3.org [mailto:public-lod-request@w3.org] On
>> Behalf Of David Huynh
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:12 AM
>> To: public-lod@w3.org; semantic-web@w3c.org
>> Subject: freebase parallax: user interface for browsing graphs of data
>> Hi all,
>> I've been exploring some user interface ideas for browsing graphs (of
>> data in Freebase) in a user-friendly way, which I think might be
>> applicable to some of the data that you have. The screencast should
>> explain:
>>     http://mqlx.com/~david/parallax/
>> Please let me know what you think!
>> Thank you.
>> David
Received on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 04:37:51 UTC

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