INVISQUE as a tool for intelligence analysis: the construction of explanatory narratives

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Rooney, C., Attfield, S., Wong, B. and Choudhury, S. 2014. INVISQUE as a tool for intelligence analysis: the construction of explanatory narratives. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 30 (9), pp. 703-717. https://doi.org/10.1080/10447318.2014.905422
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TitleINVISQUE as a tool for intelligence analysis: the construction of explanatory narratives
AuthorsRooney, C., Attfield, S., Wong, B. and Choudhury, S.
Abstract

We report an exploratory user-study in which a group of civil servants with experience of, or involvement in, intelligence analysis used the tool INVISQUE to address a problem using the 2011 VAST dataset. INVISQUE uses a visual metaphor that combines searching, clustering and sorting of document surrogates with free-form manipulation on an infinite canvas. We were interested in exposing the behaviours and related cognitive strategies that users would employ to better understand how this and similar environments might better support intelligence type work. Our results include the observation that the search and spatial features of the system supported participants in establishing, elaborating and systematically evaluating explanatory narratives that accounted for the data. Also, visual persistence at the interface allowed them to keep track of searches and to re-find documents when their importance became apparent. We conclude with reflections on our findings and propose a set of guidelines for developing systems that support sensemaking.

PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
ISSN1044-7318
Electronic1532-7590
Publication dates
Online10 Jul 2014
Print02 Sep 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Oct 2014
Accepted03 Apr 2014
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

his is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction on 10 Jul 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10447318.2014.905422

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10447318.2014.905422
LanguageEnglish
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