In order to simplify the reading and the use of a biblio (see article What is a biblio? Why build a biblio?) we have implemented a graphical representation of the state-of-the-art.
When the user saves search results (scientific articles, patents, suggestions of keywords, wikipedia articles), "biblio boxes" which contain these documents are automatically created in "The Biblio" space.
The biblio boxes allow gathering documents around the keywords thanks to which they were identified. In addition to their storage role, these functional and modular boxes also allow to structure and give a memory to the biblio.
This memory is obtained by linking the biblio boxes to the keywords used to identify the documents they contain. Later, the user will be able to resume his/her search and identify the same type of documents by clicking on the "magnifying glass" placed on the biblio box; a new query will be made with the keywords linked to the biblio box.
When we talk about "structuring" the biblio, we mean creating a tree view (a mindmap) that allows the user to visually represent the state-of-the-art:
- highlight the semantic or hierarchical links that exist between the different data. The boxes can be attached to each other with a "drag and drop" movement. The boxes are thus arranged in "mother daughter organizational structure" according to criteria specific to the user and the project. For example:
- Product → components → technology bricks
- Technology → technology families → subfamilies
- Problem → solution families → technology bricks
- Simplify - communicate : the user can rename a box (by clicking on the keyword of the box), the "memory" of the box is kept and this can help clarify the tree view; the user can insert intermediate boxes and attach tree branches to them to help the readability of the tree view ('Add keyword' function or double-click on a box); the user can also edit a box (by clicking on the pencil placed on the box) to change the color and highlight the interesting search tracks, add comments or links, etc.
See below for an example of a well-structured biblio.