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Title: Constructing n(ews)-space : a theoretical model for the organisation and visualisation of complex and dynamic networked information flow
Author: Wilson, Paul
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis aims to develop a new concept for the communication of digitised information, specifically with reference to the organisation and visualisation of that information being communicated. The concept being developed - one centring around a spatial metaphor and the seamless consumption and interaction of and with electronic data - is applied directly to news. News - a mature and complex example of dynamic information storage and dissemination - is considered to be a pertinent examplar through which to illustrate the concept and its multifaceted aspects for dynamic data display. By using news as a model, it is possible to offer an indicative commentary on and of its use or application upon forms of information transfer. However, this is not explicitly flagged within the thesis since news is selected as - and remains - its focus throughout. The research presents an informed outline for a theoretical model for the management and processing of complex and dynamic information flow. The first part of this thesis is concerned with empirical review and with the construction of a theoretical model through which three forms of news communication are analysed and appraised, focusing specifically upon their hard, soft and firm communicative structures. Following this, a number of communicative structures are identified from the analyses' results. The second part of the thesis is framed by an analytical discussion of the model's six key communicative structures; notions of an electronic news-space; spatial organisation of image and text; aspects of dynamic news; explicit visualisation of hypertextual links and networks; the redefinition of electronic columnar structures; and user-interaction through rolling-over and clicking. These form the foundation for a hypothetical, prototype n-space - a system which allows access to electronic information by a process of intuitive, active exploration in a four-dimensionai, dynamic, responsive environment - whose potential for practical implementation and evaluation is acknowledged.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Electronic news; User-interface; Interaction