What it Boils Down to... The Case for Event Analogies to Combat Complexity in Digital Libraries

TitleWhat it Boils Down to... The Case for Event Analogies to Combat Complexity in Digital Libraries
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPlötzky, F., and W. - T. Balke
Conference Name1th International Workshop on Digital Infrastructures for Scholarly Content Objects (DISCO@JCDL2021)
Date Published09/2021
PublisherCEUR Proceedings, Vol-2976
Conference LocationUrbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Abstract

Making sense of an increasingly complex world is becoming harder in particular when facing the flood of information available in digital libraries. Hence, actively supporting users in sense making activities is a new challenge that digital libraries have to face. A popular way for humans to succeed at making sense of the world is the usage of analogies: Analogies transfer some high-level meaning from one concept to another which eases the cognitive burden to understand the concept. In brief, they connect a known concept to the unknown. A prime example is to find analogies between current and historic events to make sense of current events, i.e., place them in contexts, assess their impact, and draw conclusions on what may happen next. In this position paper, we outline a system architecture showing what an event analogy system could look like. We utilize a conceptual narrative model and define narrative roles and prototypes as a possible solution for finding event analogies.

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