The i-Disc


We present the i-Disc, a tool to interactively visualize and explore medium sized topic maps. Topic maps contain two basic structures: the topic hierarchy and the associations between topics. Our system presents the topic hierarchy in a radial planar layout by encoding different hierarchy levels as separate rings. Associations are displayed on demand as three-dimensional arcs across the topic landscape. By separating these two topic map structures into different spatial dimensions, we untangle the often complex topic map graph.


A perspective rendering of our layout generates a natural focus and context display. Our elementary circular design allows quick perception of the overall topic map structure while interactive navigation and exploration provide access to details on demand. The tool is implemented as a client-server application and integrates seamlessly into existing web based environments.


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