A Matter of Time: Applying a Data-Users-Tasks Design Triangle to Visual Analytics of Time-Oriented Data

TitleA Matter of Time: Applying a Data-Users-Tasks Design Triangle to Visual Analytics of Time-Oriented Data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMiksch, S., and W. Aigner
JournalComputers & Graphics, Special Section on Visual Analytics
Volume38
Pages286-290
Keywordsinteraction design, Interactive Visualization, temporal data mining, Time-Oriented Data, Visual analytics
Abstract

Increasing amounts of data offer great opportunities to promote technological progress and business success. Visual Analytics (VA) aims at enabling the exploration and the understanding of large and complex data sets by intertwining interactive visualization, data analysis, human-computer interaction, as well as cognitive and perceptual science. We propose a design triangle, which considers three main aspects to ease the design: (1) the characteristics of the data, (2) the users, and (3) the users’ tasks. Addressing the particular characteristics of time and time-oriented data focus the VA methods, but turns the design space into a more complex and challenging one. We demonstrate the applicability of the design triangle by three use cases tackling the time-oriented aspects explicitly. Our design triangle provides a high-level framework, which is simple and very effective for the design process as well as easily applicable for both, researchers and practitioners.

Notes
Available online 16 November 2013:
accepted manuscript (unformatted and unedited PDF): http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0097849313001817

 

Computers & Graphics special section on Visual Analytics, Volume 38, Pages A1-A10, 1-410 (February 2014)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00978493/38/supp/C

 

URLhttp://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/~silvia/pub/publications/miksch_cag_design-triangle-2014.pdf
DOI10.1016/j.cag.2013.11.002
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