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Webs on the Web (WOW): 3D visualization of ecological networks on the WWW for collaborative research and education
Author(s): Ilmi Yoon; Rich Williams; Eli Levine; Sanghyuk Yoon; Jennifer Dunne; Neo Martinez
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes information technology being developed to improve the quality, sophistication, accessibility, and pedagogical simplicity of ecological network data, analysis, and visualization. We present designs for a WWW demonstration/prototype web site that provides database, analysis, and visualization tools for research and education related to food web research. Our early experience with a prototype 3D ecological network visualization guides our design of a more flexible architecture design. 3D visualization algorithms include variable node and link sizes, placements according to node connectivity and tropic levels, and visualization of other node and link properties in food web data. The flexible architecture includes an XML application design, FoodWebML, and pipelining of computational components. Based on users’ choices of data and visualization options, the WWW prototype site will connect to an XML database (Xindice) and return the visualization in VRML format for browsing and further interactions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5295, Visualization and Data Analysis 2004, (4 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.526956
Show Author Affiliations
Ilmi Yoon, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
Rich Williams, National Ctr. for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (United States)
Eli Levine, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
Sanghyuk Yoon, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
Jennifer Dunne, Santa Fe Institute (United States)
Neo Martinez, Cornell Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5295:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2004
Robert F. Erbacher; Philip C. Chen; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Gröhn; Katy Börner, Editor(s)

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