Caloom 2015 – news scenario

A news scenario

This is a low-fi wire / scenario of how a user explores Caloom as a news service. This scenario shows 1 of the ways to discover relationships in space and time through the what+when+where parameters of the Caloom WX model (what+when+where+who+worth).


This collection of scenarios is to set the stage for the first phase of Caloom related development in 2015. The focus is on getting news feeds or news articles from various sources into Caloom, then showing visually how an article relates to other articles.

The features we like to cover are described briefly below and in more detail in the corresponding scenarios.

  1. User finds Caloom for the first time and sees that animation plays a role in creating a narrative.
  2. User get to understand that zooming in and out has an effect on the narrative and works as a filter. Also the user plays with going back in time and discovers the starting point of this narrative (article)-
  3. The user wants to know who is related to the narrative.

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Scenario 1

Johan is a 23 year young MA student in political sciences and heard from his professor about a service called Caloom. This Caloom service suppose to connect the dots between an increasing number of news sources. Now that Johan is at the site for the first time he sees a large map and a popup that gives him the option to select some main services that Caloom offers:

News, Organisation and Work

Not knowing what this all means, Johan selects “News” as this is closest to what he is interested in. The popup disappears and the map is populated with small icons that resemble a file or paper, these are possibly news articles Johan ponders.

So far Johan is not impressed, there are so many news aggregation sites and a map mashup is not something new either. But wait, something begins to happen now. These icons begin to connect with one another and the icons themselves begin to change colour and shape.

In front of his eyes the icons start to tell a story of how news events are related and how strong the connections are between various stories. He also notices that a timeline has appeared at the bottom of the map and it highlights the last 7 days but goes back to 30 days.

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Scenario 2

Johan has zoomed out of the map and the individual icons on the map form patterns of clusters and lines and colours are changing too. He realises that there is more to Caloom than simply aggregating news feeds.

His eyes fall on a dense cluster and many lines coming from that cluster reaching other clusters and individual articles. When he moves the date slider to the left, into the past so to say, the cluster shrinks and the number of lines diminishes. But when he pulls even more into the past there is a sudden increase in cluster size but not in related articles.

What is going on here? Is there a way to find the first article ever published in this cluster? There is no clear indicator of such functionality but Johan thinks it has something to do with time so he clicks on the timeline icon. This turns the map into a larger timeline in the form of a path, a curved line.

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