Academic researchers working with multiple secondary research sources often have to document the sources they use and have it prioritized based on the information used from the source, the depth of information covered by the source and the connections of one research with another (sometimes a research source is better understood after reading another work). In this context graphic visualizer of the research sources that the researcher might use will be useful for multiple purposes. Primarily the researcher will be able to organize their resources better. Secondly the researcher will be able to understand the dependencies in their research based on the different node value assignments and hence will be able to structure their research better. If this graphic ontology’s are constructed and uploaded with a paper, the research community on a whole will benefit because of the readability introduced by this tool. The objective of this research is to create graphical software that will make it easy to create a research article publishing map or Meta data representing map. The graphical tool will be usable online and will be cross compatible with all browsers.
The proposal has been prepared to present a research basis on the online graphical tool creation. Graphic tools are already present. As part of the existing tool analysis, an extensive literature review has been done where graph drawing tools, both online tools and installations tools are discussed with their corresponding pros and cons. The tools are also presented for different command line interfaces and LaTeX forms. The analysis of different tools presented to the researcher they key concerns and issues that one has to be aware of when developing such a tool and more are presented here.
In the context of fulfilling this objective it was also necessary to get a clear understanding on basic requirements for the tool construction. The basic requirements analysis and technical data for the tool are presented in this research proposal. The tool basically recreates existing software and as such it will only present the details of the existing mapping framework that would be incorporated such as the pub map software. The functionality of this program is presented and discussed in the requirements section. The unique selling point that the new graph drawing software will aim for is to make it more ergonomic for use. The current map drawing softwares are very complex and this software will be a very simple easy to use tool compared to existing ones. Also some of the existing tools for this purpose require an installation. The installation component might not appeal to all categories of users; hence this tool will be so designed that it will run on browsers. Browser cross compatibility is also checked and tested.