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Re-using millions of visualizations
Author(s): Raymond D. Rimey; David S. Bolme
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Paper Abstract

Our goal is to enable an individual analyst to utilize and benefit from millions of visualization instances created by a community of analysts. A visualization instance is the combination of a specific set of data and a specific configuration of a visualization providing a visual depiction of that data. As the variety and number of visualization techniques and tools continues to increase, and as users increasingly adopt these tools, more visualization instances will be created (today, perhaps only viewed for a moment and thrown away) during the solution of analysis tasks. This paper discusses what fraction of these visualization instances are worth keeping and why, and argues that keeping more (or all) visualization instances has high value and very low cost. Even if a small fraction is retained the result over time is still a large number of visualization instances and the issue remains, how can users utilize them? This paper describes what new functionality users need to utilize all those visualization instances, illustrated by examples using an information workspace tool based on zoomable user interface principles. The paper concludes with a concise set of principles for future analysis tools that utilize spatial organization of large numbers of visualization instances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6495, Visualization and Data Analysis 2007, 649504 (29 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.707380
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Raymond D. Rimey, Lockheed Martin IS&S (United States)
David S. Bolme, Lockheed Martin IS&S (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6495:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2007
Robert F. Erbacher; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Gröhn; Katy Börner, Editor(s)

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