This development project originated in response to the enormous daily increase of information that becomes available on the internet as a result of social media activities. Twitter, a quintessential example of social media, can also be considered a framework for collaborative note-taking. The October 2010 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an interesting example of distributed collaborative note-taking as thousands of Twitter users took notes on the conference addresses. The result was a collection of 26,479 tweets. The purpose of this project is to describe a novel information visualization algorithm that generates a centralized visual representation of the conference tweets to facilitate absorption of the ideas presented therein. This algorithm could feasibly be used in many other massively distributed collaborative note-taking activities. It is hoped that this algorithm, as well as the variant approaches that it may inspire, will assist larger groups to deal with the potential information overload that can arise in these collaborative note-taking activities.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Instructional Psychology and Technology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Johnson, Aaron W., "Centralized Visualization of Distributed Collaborative Note-taking" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 3147.
collaborative note-taking, information visualization, Twitter, conferences