INKE – Glass Cast

The Glass Cast is a 3D interface in development intended for the visualization of knowledge networks that takes into consideration parameters such as authorship, time, subject discipline and connections between documents in a corpus. The working metaphor is the sort of cast sculpture whereby the object of representation appears as a negative space within a block of clear material such as glass or plastic. Smaller versions of such sculptures invite physical interaction: viewers might pick them up and rotate them to gain different perspectives. In the case of modelling a knowledge network with this metaphor in mind, a top view presents connections between citations while a side view presents citations over time. Users may rotate the structure to gain different perspectives on the network, as well as zoom in or out to increase and decrease granularity.


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