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Research Groups

Here is a list of research groups that deal with Data Visualization: AT&T Information Visualization research group. Georgia Tech, Information Interfaces Group. National Visualization and Analytics Center, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technologies), Visualization and usability group. Pacific Northwest National Labs. Research program in Information Visualization PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) UIR Information Visualization.  Links to Xerox PARC InfoVis projects & info Stanford University, Computer graphics group. University of California, Irvine, Information Visualization Research Group. University of […]

Information Visualization

Definition Information Visualization is a branch of Human-Computer Interaction field with origins in late ’80. It exploits graphics to help people comprehend and interpret data. If helps in forming mental models of the data and obtain a better understanding of specific features of the data. Other definitions Information Visualization is a relatively new discipline concerned with the creation of visual artifacts aimed at amplifying cognition. A number of new definitions have been produced to define […]


Contents 1 Visualisation tasks defined by B. Shneiderman (1996) 2 Visualisation tasks from Wehrend and Lewis (1990) (Cognitive tasks) 3 Task taxonomy by Zhou and Feiner (1998) 4 Low-level user analytic tasks defined by Amar et al. (2005) (Analytic task taxonomy) Visualisation tasks defined by B. Shneiderman (1996) Overview Zoom Filter Details-on-demand Relate History Extract Visualisation tasks from Wehrend and Lewis (1990) (Cognitive tasks) The task classification of Wehrend and Lewis (1990) is a low-level, domain-independent taxonomy of tasks […]


People giving courses on IV Ben Bederson, Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland Katy Börner, Associate Professor of Information Science at Indiana University Courses: Judith Donath, Assistant Professor of Media Arts And Sciences, Director of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab Courses: George W. Furnas, Professor Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan Marti Hearst, Associate Professor at SIMS, UC, Berkeley Courses:       Alfred Kobsa, Professor in the Donald Bren School […]


This is a collection of papers on Information Visualization cited in pages of this site. See also Books on Information Visualisation Amar, R.; Eagan, J.; Stasko, J.; Information Visualization, 2005. INFOVIS 2005. IEEE Symposium on 23-25 Oct. 2005 Page(s):111 – 117 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/INFVIS.2005.1532136 Bertin, J. (1981). Graphics and Graphic Information Processing. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. Bertin, J. (1983). Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps. The University of Wisconsin Press. English Edition. Card, K. S., […]

Important Authors

Johann Heinrich Lambert [1728-1777] Johann Heinrich Lambert and William Playfair are considered the inventors of the modern graph design as they were the first in introducing graphics, in contrast with the tabular presentation of data. Johann Heinrich Lambert was a famous mathematician who developed Demoivre’s theorem on trigonometry and non-Euclidean geometry. William Playfair [1759-1823] W. Playfair was a Scottish engineer and political economist, he was an important inventor of statistical graphics. Jacques Bertin [1918 – […]

Information Visualization Evaluation

Evaluations of Information Visualization is one of the hottest topic of the field. Several visualization tools have been developed recently, but little effort has been made to evaluate the effectiveness and utility of the tools. Contents 1 Evaluation criteria 2 Techniques 3 Some metrics 4 Conferences and pubblications 5 Papers 6 People 7 Evaluation of Visualizations for information retrieval Evaluation criteria Some criteria that can be addressed in a evaluation process are the following: Functionality – to what extend the system provides the […]

Link to Other Sites

Search engine directories Alexa, links on information visualization. Google directory, links on information visualization. Research & contributions Atlas of cyberspace. Collection of maps and graphic representations of the geographies of the new electronic territories of the Internet, the World-Wide Web and other emerging Cyberspaces Information Visualization Cyberinfrastructure (IVC), by Katy Börner. A comprehehsive set of software repository, papers, datasets, etc. related to Information Visualization Information Visualization Resource. Many Eyes. Collection of visualizations and data sets, […]

Social Visualization

Social visualization aim is to visually represent data that concerns people to make interaction patterns and connections salient. Publications Donath, J.; Karahalios, K.; Viegas, F. Visualizing conversation. System Sciences, 1999. HICSS-32. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on , vol.Track2, no., pp.9 pp.-, 1999 Karrie G. Karahalios, Fernanda B. Viégas Social Visualization: Exploring Text, Audio, and Video Interaction. CHI 2006, April 22–27, 2006, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Other references MIT Open Courseware on Social […]

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