Interacting with Digital Information

Interacting with Digital Information

Kamran Sedig (Western University, Canada) and Paul Parsons (Western University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch370
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Background

This section will briefly examine some background concepts. This includes a brief discussion of the concept of information and the differences between digital and non-digital information, as well as an examination of the role that interaction with information plays in human cognition.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Digital Information Interface: The meeting point between humans and digital information. Is comprised of interactive visual representations (VRs).

Interaction: Reciprocal action between a human and information. Can be categorized into four levels (from low to high): events, actions, tasks, activities.

Cognitive Activities: High-level activities such as problem solving, decision making, and sense making that involve using, working with, and thinking with information.

Digital Information: Information that is in digital, electronic form and is stored, manipulated, and displayed by computational tools.

Visual Representation (VR): Visual representations of digital information that are typically interactive and/or dynamic.

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