Storyboard: Visualization of Mendeley user data

One of the options for my thesis is to create a visualization, more specifically this might be a visualization of the user data from Mendeley. The last week I’v gathered some ideas and came up with this storyboard.


First the user is shown a starting screen, showing the visualization the user is able to use. If the user chooses the “Trend Map” (1), the user is shown a map of the world. By selecting which information (tags or authors) the user wants to view, the map shows for the different locations on the map what is popular at these locations. This is shown by text appearing at the locations, the size of the text determines the popularity of the tag or author at the specific location. This is an easy way to see what are popular topics or authors at certain locations or parts of the world. The user is also allowed to filter the information that is shown, for example a user might only be interested in the trending tags in computer science.

When a user really wants more specific information about a certain city, it can type a city in the upper right box in the trend map. The user is redirected (2) to a detailed view of the trend within that city. Information like popular tags, authors, … is shown.

Another way to visualize trends is by showing the evolution of the popularity of a certain tag, author, … The way this is done, is by showing a map of the world and a time line(3). The map represents a certain period of time, by moving the slider time will pass on the map. Let’s say a user wants to known the origin of Web 2.0 research, all the user needs to do is filter on tag named web 2.0. The map will show the popularity of a tag in a certain region by coloring the region, the darker the more popular. Popularity of a tag might be the number of papers added to a library or number of papers created with this tag. By using the slider on the bottom of the screen the user is able to move through time and see the evolution of the web 2.0 tag.

The last visualization offered is a stack graph(4), it also show a evolutionary point of the user data. The difference with the map is that this focusses more on exploring data and comparing. For example, the user might want to know the upcoming disciplines in science by filtering on disciplines the user is shown a stacked graph of disciplines. Again the user is allowed to filter on the data let’s say for example a user wants to see all popular authors tagged with “Web 2.0” the users selects “Authors” and adds a filter on the tags “Web 2.0”.

Major inspiration sources were:

Any comments on this blog post are welcome.


One Response to “Storyboard: Visualization of Mendeley user data”

  1. @mrgunn Says:

    That sounds like a great idea to me! Let me know if we at Mendeley can do anything to help.

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