Real world equivalent, sounds like it would be akin to having a large display showing the sectors on your hard drive while running a defrag. It is similar?
If so, to have that display very large, front and center at Spock's station seems to make it much more a library computer station than a science station. Much more an IT type of internal systems station than a science station.
With the expanded stations on TMP bridge, I'd think a dedicated library computer systems station might be separate from a science station. Maybe.