VirDO: A virtual workspace for research documents

G.E Raptis, C.P Katsini, S J Payne

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We report the design of a system which integrates a suite of tools to allow scholars to manage related documents in their personal digital stores. VirDO provides a virtual workspace in which pdfs can be placed and displayed, and which allows these documents to be manipulated in various ways that prior literature suggests to be useful. Particularly noteworthy are the various maps that support users in uncovering the inter-relations among documents in the workspace, including citation relations and flexible user-defined tags. Early evaluation of the system was positive: especially promising was the increasing use of maps by two participants who used VirDO for their own research over a period of a week, as well as the extensive use by all participants of sticky notes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013, Valletta, Malta, September 22-26, 2013. Proceedings
EditorsTrond Aalberg, Christos Papatheodorou, Milena Dobreva, Giannis Tsakonas, Charles J Farrugia
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783642405013
ISBN (Print)9783642405006
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013 - Valletta, Malta
Duration: 22 Sept 201326 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013


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