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  • Former US President Harry S. Truman captured the value of good communication as essential to the reduction of fear and war between nations. He said, “We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.”

    What are the elements of communication? Speaking and listening for the purpose of exchanging ideas or information. It’s an art to speak precisely what we have in mind. And sometimes it’s a greater art to listen carefully to grasp the motive and message of the speaker. The speaker needs to know what he or she is trying to say. The speaker also needs to know his or her listener. And the listener needs to put aside prejudice and fixed opinions in order to hear what the speaker is trying to convey.

  • An Infographic is the editorial representation of data or a concept. Infographics use objects or symbols to represent data or concepts. They are often illustrated by hand, although the drawing mechanism used has no impact on categorization.

    A Data Visualization is the display of data in which rules define how variations and relationships within a data set translate to visual characteristics and objects. Data visualizations allow data to represent itself. They are often generated by computers, although the drawing mechanism used has no impact on categorization.

  • # Design of Search User Interfaces: introduces the ideas and practices surrounding search interface design, places modern design in a historical context, and summarizes design guidelines for search interfaces.
    # 2: Evaluation of Search User Interfaces: includes informal studies, formal studies, longitudinal studies and log-based analysis including bucket testing. Presents extensive device about how to avoid evaluation mistakes.
    # 3: Models of the Information Seeking Process: summarizes the theoretical models about information seeking, and discusses information needs and query intent.

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