VIZGR - Combining Data on a Visual Level

Daniel Hienert, Benjamin Zapilko, Philipp Schaer, Brigitte Mathiak

Abstract

In this paper we present a novel method to connect data on the visualization level. In general, visualizations are a dead end, when it comes to reusability. Yet, users prefer to work with visualizations as evidenced by WYSIWYG editors. To enable users to work with their data in a way that is intuitive to them, we have created Vizgr. Vizgr.com offers basic visualization methods, like graphs, tag clouds, maps and time lines. But unlike normal data visualizations, these can be re-used, connected to each other and to web sites. We offer a simple opportunity to combine diverse data structures, such as geo-locations and networks, with each other by a mouse click. In an evaluation, we found that over 85 % of the participants were able to use and understand this technology without any training or explicit instructions.

References

  1. Baldonado, M. Q., Woodruff, A., & Kuchinsky, A., 2000. Guidelines for using multiple views. In information visualization. Proc ACM Advanced Visual Interfaces 00, 110-119.
  2. Collins, C. & Carpendale, M. S. T., 2007. VisLink: Revealing Relationships Amongst Visualizations. IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graph. 13 (6), 1192-1199.
  3. DBpedia, http://www.dbpedia.org, retrieved 09-28-2010 Derthick, M., Kolojejchick, J. & Roth, S. F., 1997. An interactive visualization environment for data exploration. In Proc. of Knowledge Discovery in Databases, 2-9.
  4. Dörk, M., Carpendale, S., Collins, C., Williamson, C., 2008. VisGets: Coordinated Visualizations for Webbased Information Exploration and Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 1205-1212.
  5. Freebase, http://www.freebase.com, retrieved 09-28-2010 Fruchterman, T. M. J., & Reingold, E. M., 1991. Graph Drawing by Force-Directed Placement. Software: Practice and Experience, 21(11).
  6. Google Maps API for Flash, http://code.google.com/ apis/maps/documentation/flash, retrieved 09-28-2010 Heer, J.; Viegas, F. B., Wattenberg, M. & Agrawala, M., 2009. Point, Talk, Publish: Visualization and the Web, Trends in Interactive Visualization, 269-283.
  7. Huynh, D. F., et al., 2007. Exhibit: lightweight structured data publishing. WWW 7807: Proceedings of the 16th international conference on World Wide Web, 737- 746.
  8. IBM Many Eyes, http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm. com/manyeyes/, retrieved 09-28-2010
  9. McKeon, M., 2009, Harnessing the Web Information Ecosystem with Wiki-based Visualization Dashboards. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 1081-1088.
  10. Mechanical Turk, http://www.mturk.com/, retrieved 09- 28-2010
  11. North, C., & Shneiderman, B., 2000. Snap-together visualizations: can users construct and operate coordinated visualizations? In Int. J. Human Computer Studies (2000) 53, 715-739, New York, NY, USA: ACM Press.
  12. North, C., Conklin, N., Indukuri, K., & Saini, V., 2002. Visualization schemas and a web-based architecture for custom multiple-view visualization of multipletable databases. In Information Visualization 1, ¾, 211-228.
  13. Resource Description Framework (RDF), http://www.w3.org/RDF/, retrieved 03-30-2010.
  14. SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL), http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-sparql-protocol/, retrieved 09-28-2010.
  15. Swivel, http://www.swivel.com/, retrieved 09-28-2010.
  16. Viegas, F. B., Wattenberg, M., van Ham, F., Kriss, J. & McKeon, M., 2007. ManyEyes: a site for visualization at internet scale, IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph 13 (6), 1121-1128.
  17. Vizgr, http://www.vizgr.com, retrieved 09-28-2010.
  18. Wikipedia, http://www.wikipedia.com, retrieved 09-28- 2010.
  19. Yahoo Historical Stock Prices of S&P 500, http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=GSPC, retrieved 09-28-2010.
Download


Paper Citation


in Harvard Style

Hienert D., Zapilko B., Schaer P. and Mathiak B. (2011). VIZGR - Combining Data on a Visual Level . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-8425-51-5, pages 202-211. DOI: 10.5220/0003299902020211


in Bibtex Style

@conference{webist11,
author={Daniel Hienert and Benjamin Zapilko and Philipp Schaer and Brigitte Mathiak},
title={VIZGR - Combining Data on a Visual Level},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,},
year={2011},
pages={202-211},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003299902020211},
isbn={978-989-8425-51-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,
TI - VIZGR - Combining Data on a Visual Level
SN - 978-989-8425-51-5
AU - Hienert D.
AU - Zapilko B.
AU - Schaer P.
AU - Mathiak B.
PY - 2011
SP - 202
EP - 211
DO - 10.5220/0003299902020211