Moritz Stefaner, a User Interface Design researcher at the University of Potsdam, has created a great UI browsing multi-facetted data structures, called the ‘elastic lists’. It’s brilliant. Check the online demo.
Elastic lists enhance traditional facet browsing approaches by
• visualizing relative proportions (weights) of metadata values by size
• visualizing unusualness of a metadata weight by brightness
• and animated filtering transitions.
You can also switch on little sparklines to see the temporal distribution of each metadata value. I like that.
He also created the Elastic Tag Maps, which is one of the most interesting tags visualization I’ve ever seen. He analysed the problems with the popular static tag clouds and developed a mapping algorithm to analyse and display tag structures based on how tags occur together, “relatedness” and “freshness”. Check the online demo.