Designing Entity Affordances for Fluid Information Exploration
Explorable Information Spaces
The research presented in this dissertation explores interactive techniques designed to overcome limitations of current conventional search tools as primary access points to information, and better support for a wider range of information-seeking behaviors, including exploratory search, serendipity, and orientation. Khalil Klouche summarizes that goal as Making information explorable and define
explorability as the quality of physical space that enables humans to become acquainted with it through movement and exploration.
An explorable information space implies situated information, which enables orientation: Choosing a direction instead of formulating queries; Meaningful overviews instead of narrow looks; Persistent spaces allowing growing familiarity, sense-making, and collaboration, instead of quick disposable search sessions. The promise of an information space with such properties is carried by the notion of entityoriented information.