WebComets: A Tab-Oriented Approach for Browser History Visualization

Daniel Cernea, Igor Truderung, Andreas Kerren, Achim Ebert

Abstract

Web browsers are our main gateways to the Internet. With their help we read articles, we learn, we listen to music, we share our thoughts and feelings, we write e-mails, or we chat. Current Web browser histories have mostly no visualization capabilities as well as limited options to filter patterns and information. Furthermore, such histories disregard the existence of parallel navigation in multiple browser windows and tabs. But a good understanding of parallel browsing behavior is of critical importance for the casual user and the behavioural analyst, while at the same time having implications in the design of search engines, Web sites and Web browsers. In this paper we present WebComets, an interactive visualization for extended browser histories. Our visualization employs browser histories that capture—among others—the tab-oriented, parallel nature of Web page navigation. Results presented in this paper suggest that WebComets better supports the analysis and comparison of parallel browsing and corresponding behavior patterns than common browser histories.

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Cernea D., Truderung I., Kerren A. and Ebert A. (2013). WebComets: A Tab-Oriented Approach for Browser History Visualization . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013) ISBN 978-989-8565-46-4, pages 439-450. DOI: 10.5220/0004226004390450


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@conference{ivapp13,
author={Daniel Cernea and Igor Truderung and Andreas Kerren and Achim Ebert},
title={WebComets: A Tab-Oriented Approach for Browser History Visualization},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)},
year={2013},
pages={439-450},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004226004390450},
isbn={978-989-8565-46-4},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)
TI - WebComets: A Tab-Oriented Approach for Browser History Visualization
SN - 978-989-8565-46-4
AU - Cernea D.
AU - Truderung I.
AU - Kerren A.
AU - Ebert A.
PY - 2013
SP - 439
EP - 450
DO - 10.5220/0004226004390450