Journal article

The end of zero-hit queries: Query previews for NASA's global change master directory

S Greene, E Tanin, C Plaisant, B Shneiderman, L Olsen, G Major, S Johns

International Journal on Digital Libraries | Published : 1998


The Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) of the University of Maryland and NASA have collaborated over three years to refine and apply user interface research concepts developed at HCIL in order to improve the usability of NASA data services. The research focused on dynamic query user interfaces, visualization, and overview + preview designs. An operational prototype, using query previews, was implemented with NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD), a directory service for earth science datasets. Users can see the histogram of the data distribution over several attributes and choose among attribute values. A result bar shows the cardinality of the result set, thereby preventing..

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