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Changing Data Retrieval
The Web is undeniably one of the biggest pools of information. In this context information retrieval tools gain particular importance.
The new search modes that are featured here either allow for a facilitated access to web pages, or even go as far as redefining appearance and structure of search results.
// Changing Data Retrieval
// Creative Thought Linkage Interfaces
// Deconstructing Interfaces
// Expanding the Desktop
// Physical Browsers
// Saving the Screen
// Sonar Interfaces
// Timetravel Browsing

Melvil 2.0

Melvil 2.0 is a knowledge retrieval system that permits to represent the collective knowledge of an organization. Thus it makes the whole organization's information accessible to every single employee. Results are dynamically displayed in a web-based 3D-environment and enable users to navigate visually through meta and detail information spaces. Retrieving and analyzing information becomes a visual and therefore more intuitive task.
Melvil 2.0 is a system by UMA Information Technology AG, Vienna, Austria.


VisIT is a search engine interface that, instead of lengthy lists, displays results in an interactive, graphical, and analytical way. The retrieved information is not shown as hits per page, but in a "search space". The web pages are represented by icons that are grouped around the respective web site; each web site is provided with its URL, which allows to quickly scan hundred of hits at once. The result is hierarchically organized; important web pages are located in the center of the organigram and are additionally categorized through the use of different shades of colors. Arrows visualize hyperlinks and show which of the pages are regarded as relevant and useful by other users.
VisIT is being developed at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US.


WebMap's information mapping technology combines traditional navigation, browsing and searching into one single visual interaction. It provides a visual guide to information embedded in web sites, intranets and extranets. In addition, by representing links visually, WebMap saves screen space, which makes possible its use on small-screened wireless devices also. Moreover, every WebMap function has the ability to be touch driven, thus permitting its utilization on non-keyboard platforms.
WebMap is a product of WebMapTechnologies Inc., Boston, US.

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