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Parallel Faceted Browsing

By Sven Buschbeck, Anthony Jameson, Adrian Spirescu, Tanja Schneeberger, Raphaël Troncy, Houda Khrouf, Osma Suominen, and Eero Hyvönen (2013)

Extended Abstracts of CHI 2013, the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Interactivity Track).


The widely used paradigm of faceted browsing is limited by the fact that only one query and result set are displayed at a time. This demonstrator introduces an interaction design for parallel faceted browsing that makes it easy for a user to construct and view the results of multiple interrelated queries. The paradigm offers general benefits for a variety of application areas.


Pointers added in 2016: The prototype shown at CHI 2013 is no longer being maintained. A much more advanced realization of parallel faceted browsing, now called parallel exploration, is available at the following web addresses for visitors to the cities of Milan and Nice, respectively:

Parallel exploration was a central part of the winning entry to the 2015 Semantic Web Challenge.

The technology is now being commercialized; please contact Anthony Jameson for more information.


Full Publication:  [PDF File]

BibTeX entry

  year = {2013},
  author = {{Buschbeck}, Sven and
            {Jameson}, Anthony and
            {Spirescu}, Adrian and
            {Schneeberger}, Tanja and
            {Troncy}, Rapha\”{e}l and
            {Khrouf}, Houda and
            {Suominen}, Osma and
            {Hyv\”{o}nen}, Eero},
  title = {Parallel Faceted Browsing},
  booktitle = {{E}xtended {A}bstracts of {CHI} 2013, the {C}onference on {H}uman
    {F}actors in {C}omputing {S}ystems ({I}nteractivity {T}rack)}}