Collaboration Spotting X - A Visual Network Exploration Tool

Aleksandar Bobic, Jean-Marie Le Goff, Christian Gütl

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Due to many technological advancements, the amount of connected data drastically increased in the last decade. The analysis of this data and the insights it generates show great potential for supporting decision making processes in various industries and aspects of our lives. Multiple visual analytics solutions have been proposed to gain further insights into such data and gain explainable results. However, the majority of existing solutions are either closed sourced, not available or no longer developed. To mitigate the issues above and based on findings from expert interviews conducted using an existing tool, this paper introduces Collaboration Spotting X, a new network-based interactive visual analytics and information retrieval tool prototype. This prototype enables users to explore connected network datasets such as social network data and bibliometric data using multiple visual cues and interactions. Furthermore, to gain an insight into how this prototype is perceived by users and identify further improvements, a preliminary study with a class of 37 computer science graduate students is described. The study findings show that the students perceive Collaboration Spotting X as a useful tool that helps them complete tasks through visualisation and interaction. Additionally, multiple aspects were identified that might have caused users to experience in addition to positive emotions also some negative emotions during usage. These aspects might have also contributed to a lower usability score. Finally, multiple improvement directions have been identified, which will be implemented in future developments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 8th International Conference on Social Network Analysis, Management and Security, SNAMS 2021
Subtitle of host publicationSNAMS 2021
EditorsChristian Guetl, Paolo Ceravolo, Yaser Jararweh, Elhadj Benkhelifa, Oluwasegun Adedugbe
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665494953
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event8th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security: SNAMS-2021 - Virtuell, Spain
Duration: 6 Dec 20219 Dec 2021

Publication series

Name2021 8th International Conference on Social Network Analysis, Management and Security, SNAMS 2021


Conference8th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security
Abbreviated titleSNAMS 2021


  • Information Retrieval
  • Network Visualisation
  • Social Network Visualisation
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Analytics Tool
  • Visual Network An-alytics Tool
  • Visual Network Analytics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing


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