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This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

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December 23, 2005

Information visualization

The central mantra of information visualization
"The central mantra of information visualization states that one should always showcontext and detail together. The following properties are due to applying this mantra rather strictly:The information density is very high. All graphical views are visible in parallel. There is no scrolling in graphical views. Each tree-node indicates the number of its children."

"The visual information seeking mantra: overview first, zoom and filter, then details on demand provides a good starting point, but interpreting the mantra has produced a remarkably diverse set of research and commercial interfaces" (Shneiderman, 1998; Card, Mackinlay and Shneiderman, 1999;http://otal.umd.edu/Olive). source

"By applying information visualisation to DLs’ interfaces, the aim is to shift the user’s metal load from slow reading to faster perceptual processes such as visual pattern recognition." [in "a report from the Centre for HCI Design, City University to the JISC for the results of a foundation study in Information Visualisation."]

"Combine the over abundance of information with our amazing ability to synthesize concepts visually, and you’ve got Information Visualization. Information Visualization is the growing field of visualizing large amounts of information simply and understandably." in Trends to Watch in 2006 - Part 3

Information can be viewed, mapped, touched, felt, (percieived by taste, shape, vision, audition, presence, etc.) and what else could you imagine?
Think outside the box, this is not just VirtualMatter
Wikipeida says:
"As a subject in computer science, information visualization is the use of interactive, sensory representations, typically visual, of abstract data to reinforce cognition"
See a growing base:
  • Information Visualization resources by John Goodall
  • Visualize Yahoo Results with Grokker.
  • Can You Visualize the Web?
  • Information Visualization, by Aneeta
  • Information Visualization and My One Word, by Charles Thill
  • Visualization
  • http://www.librarian.net/stax/1473
  • Information Visualization Blog
  • Making visible the unvisible: [more about the Seattle Public Library ...]
  • Online systems as information visualization
  • Quality data for visualizationists

    Think of other perspectives.
    PS. I am not taking you about HAYSTACK SYNDROME (Sifting Information Out of the Data Ocean, by Eliyahu M Goldratt)*.
    Concept Map - Try it!

    "The process of animating the thoughts started to make me think of how you could map peoples’ record of ideas and perhaps start to map thought patterns. Hence, to use Dodge and Kitchen’s explanation, this workshop experimentation became ‘concerned with what might be termed as “people centred” information visualisation.’ (2002: 154)." see: Beginner-user, October 10th, 2005 by Dom

    Semantopic Map sense includes, people, places, Tools, Organizations, Events, Projects, etc.. These can be also considered under what librarian's feel: Classification and categorization: a difference that makes a difference

    And this visualizing is applied not just in material and physical domains. It is evident everywhere, including, architecture (aesthetics), Meditation (or spirituality) ideas, events, etc. "He has endowed man with special aptitudes, faculties and capacities, and special excellencies which raise him at his best to the position of vicegerent on earth. The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN, Translation and Commentary by ABDULLAH YUSUF ALI
    See the relevant notes, (or in a printed source: chapter 64, verse 3, note no. 5481)

    Expand the vision, see the whole picture: from inside, outside, top, bottom, back, & front.
    Then, information, data, knowledge and ideas depend on how, where, when, the viewer gets and transmits it.
    Libraries can move with a better goal: to improve their inner-self and outreach. Libraries can improve their inner-self by data mining and outreach by making their catalogs more explicits. See Innovative Practices to Connect Every Book, Its Reader and Mining The Library Catalog.
    Read more, in above page, about the UBCs Visual catalog and data mining in libraries.
    Information is both tangible and intangible.

    Try The Visual Thesaurus, built using Thinkmap, a data visualization technology
    Information visualization as field is growing.... See my directory at DMOZ.

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    My Listmania Amazon.com: Information visualization (s)
    Any suggestions, rants on this subject?

    Click here for CURRENT Information Visualisation Conference
    Past conferences: including IEEE Visualization [See also in this same link information about, 1st, MMVis04, 2nd, M2Vis 2005 i.e., "International Conference on Non-visual & Multimodal Visualization"]
    Information visualization articles

    Some interesting work by the Information visualization guru: Dr. Shneiderman and his On-line Library of Information Visualization Environments
  • Mapping the Design Process: Visualizing What We Don't See
    Daniel Boyarski, Virginia Howlett, Scott Mathis, David Peters

    Patrick said...

    I am currently interested in visualizations of product portfolios. Have you ever seen anything like this in your travels?

    M Taher said...

    Hi Patrick:
    Send me your contact info, I will reply.

    By the way, your blog link is inactive.