Collaboratively creating a thematic repository using interactive table-top technology

Fernando Loizides*, Christina Vasiliou, Andri Ioannou, Panayiotis Zaphiris

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This paper reports on the design and development of a surface computing application in support of collaborative idea creation and thematic categorisation. C.A.R.T (Collaborative Assisted Repository for Tabletops) allows up to 4 users to simultaneously interact with virtual objects, each containing a single concept, to create thematic categories. Each object, which replicates a physical post-it on a multi-touch tabletop, is created by one of the team members either previous to the meeting or during the initial stage. The application then encourages the exchange of debate and conversation by presenting the ideas one at a time for users to discuss and categorise. The resulting idea repository can be used for roadmap creation as well as comparative studies using further participants. The application's main task is similar to that of card sorting and affinity diagramming. We report on the functionality of the application which was designed and developed following a user-centred approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and Practice of Digital Libraries - Second International Conference, TPDL 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783642332890
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2012 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 23 Sept 201227 Sept 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7489 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2012


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