The majority of this week was split between two projects: DSL and Mapping Metaphor. For DSL I created two further mockups based on feedback from Ann Ferguson and the SLD people. There were quite a few further refinements to make and it was good to return to my original designs after a few weeks to see how else I could improve them. In addition to implementing the requested changes I also created a version with a different colour scheme, tried out some different font possibilities and also created a much nicer ‘compact’ menu that gets displayed when viewing the interface on a tablet / smartphone. I will need to wait to hear back from Ann to see if any further changes are required.
I have also created a new version of the diagram that works slightly differently. With this version you actually have to click on a node to make the connecting lines light up, and once you do so the lines stay lit until you close the popup or open a different one. This should make it easier for a user to click on a highlighted connector to access information about the join (for example in this aggregated diagram the line popup could display the number of subcategories within the two joined categories that link to each other – e.g. “Education – Life: x categories within Education link to y categories in Life”).
There’s still lots to be done – the next big thing will be to see if it is actually possible to make the highlighted connecting lines clickable. I’m not in a position to include URLs for these mockups yet as I’m not sure the project would want me making the data available publicly, but progress is definitely being made.
I also spent a bit of time this week reading over the bid materials that Marc has written for the ‘big data’ call and gave a little bit of feedback with regards to this.