General:Breadboard scenario



User Story Creator Identification

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Name: Susan Brown


Tell us something about your level of study and the type of institutional appointment you hold. 
Choose any of the terms below that apply to you:
* undergrad
* grad
* part-time instructor
* pre-tenure faculty member
* tenured faculty member
* archivist-librarian
* independent scholar
* creative practitioner
* interested citizen

Role: tenured faculty member

Institution: University of Guelph / University of Alberta

Field of Study/Creative Endeavor:


Please write a paragraph about your persona as a researcher: your position, your discipline, your general research interests, 
and the extent to which you use computers in your research. 
You may wish to mention particular tools that you use with some regularity.


Please provide a short description of the larger project from which this story emerges.

To devise a scenario to fit the breadboard sketches (v10b--MILENA CAN WE PUT UP THE PDFS AND LINK TO THEM???) devised by Milena Radzikovska for the Six Degrees of Separation project, which is exploring experimental visualizations of the links embedded in Orlando.


I want to explore the relationships embedded in the Orlando data, using an individual as a starting point. I go to the Explore Connections tool page

  1. I see the array of black lines that represent the names of all the writers in the set. I can read those writers names by passing my cursor over those lines. I also have the option to organize that array of writers differently, for instance by historical period, so that I can browse through those names as a group.
  2. But I choose instead to conduct a search. On this screen I can, if I choose, narrow the array of writers (I wonder, along with one of our designfest users, why such an option isn't available on the first screen as well). Rather than narrow my scope or choose a historical period, I decide to search on a writer's name: Queen Victoria.
  3. My results screen gives me a summary view, showing the names of all the people connected with QV, with a summary of who she is (Orlando author summary tag contents) beneath her name and number of options with colored buttons below that. (I wonder why I can't yet see the available facets.)
  4. I don't know what the other button does, so I click on it and the names associated with the "other" category (all those that don't fit into the ones above it) pop out in a colour that matches the button I clicked. Now (though why I have no idea!) the other facets or breadboards become available.

How broadly do the practices described in this story apply to others in same field, in related fields, etc?
* broadly applicable
* shared by some
* shared by few or none

Scope: Fairly broad??

Does your story describe current research activities that you think CWRC will enhance (present), 
or future research possibilities that you can only dream of now? (future)

Timeline: future ( but achievable functionality )

Please provide some keywords that will allow us to group or cluster related stories--or aspects of stories. 
Use as many of the ones listed below as relevant or provide your own.
* Aggregate
* Annotate
* Consider
* Discover
* Interact
* Publish
* Archive/Preserve
* Share
* Visualize
* Map
* Historicize
* Edit
* Network
* Collaborate
* Integrated History of Women's Writing in Canada
* Orlando

Keywords: discover; interact; visualize; network; Orlando

Are there parts of the story that relate to other CWRC stories? 
Please provide title(s) and link to the relevant story page.

Related Stories: VisualizingSocialNetworks

Are there tools that do some of the sorts of things you'd like to see in CWRC? 
If so, what are they?

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