The Craft of Information Visualization

1st Edition

Readings and Reflections

Editors: Benjamin Bederson Ben Shneiderman
Paperback ISBN: 9781558609150
eBook ISBN: 9780080503288
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 10th April 2003
Page Count: 432
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Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Database Discovery with Dynamic Queries

1.1) Ahlberg, C., Shneiderman, B. Visual Information Seeking: Tight coupling of dynamic query filters with starfield displays

1.2) Shneiderman, B. Dynamic Queries: for visual information seeking

1.3) Fredrikson, A., North, C., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B. Temporal, Geographical and Categorical Aggregations Viewed through Coordinated Displays: A Case Study with Highway Incident Data

1.4) Tanin, E., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B. Broadening Access to Large Online Databases by Generalizing Query Previews

1.5) Dang G., North C., Shneiderman B. Dynamic Queries and Brushing on Choropleth Maps

Chapter 2. Seeing the World Through Image Libraries

2.1) North, C., Shneiderman, B., Plaisant, C. User controlled overviews of an image library: A case study of the Visible Human

2.2) Shneiderman, B., Kang, H. Direct Annotation: A Drag-and-Drop Strategy for Labeling Photos

2.3) Bederson B. PhotoMesa: A Zoomable Image Browser using Quantum Treemaps and Bubblemaps

2.4) Shneiderman, B., Kang, H., Kules, B., Plaisant, C., Rose, A., and Rucheir, R. A Photo History of SIGCHI: Evolution of Design from Personal to Public

Chapter 3. Preserving Context with Zoomable User Interfaces

3.1) Bederson, B. and Boltman, A. Does Animation Help Users Build Mental Maps of Spatial Information

3.2) Bederson, B.B., Meyer, J., Good, L. Jazz: An Extens


Since the beginning of the computer age, researchers from many disciplines have sought to facilitate people's use of computers and to provide ways for scientists to make sense of the immense quantities of data coming out of them. One gainful result of these efforts has been the field of information visualization, whose technology is increasingly applied in scientific research, digital libraries, data mining, financial data analysis, market studies, manufacturing production control, and data discovery.

This book collects 38 of the key papers on information visualization from a leading and prominent research lab, the University of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). Celebrating HCIL’s 20th anniversary, this book presents a coherent body of work from a respected community that has had many success stories with its research and commercial spin-offs.

Each chapter contains an introduction specifically written for this volume by two leading HCI researchers, to describe the connections among those papers and reveal HCIL’s individual approach to developing innovations.

Key Features

*Presents key ideas, novel interfaces, and major applications of information visualization tools, embedded in inspirational prototypes.

*Techniques can be widely applied in scientific research, digital libraries, data mining, financial data analysis, business market studies, manufacturing production control, drug discovery, and genomic studies.

*Provides an "insider" view to the scientific process and evolution of innovation, as told by the researchers themselves.

*This work comes from the prominent and high profile University of Maryland's Human Computer Interaction Lab


HCI practitioners, usability engineers, software developers, Web page designers and developers.


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"Many readers will, I am sure, gain immense value from it, as it introduces some novel interface design concepts." - Rob Scovell - First Monday

About the Editors

Benjamin Bederson Editor

Benjamin B. Bederson is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he is also Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Prior to UM he was an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, and worked in the Interactive Media and Computer Graphics Research Group at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Dr. Bederson received his Ph. D. in Computer Vision and Robotics from New York University. He has published extensively, and is well known for the widely used software he developed including the Pad++, Jazz and Piccolo toolkits for Zoomable User Interfaces.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, U.S.A.

Ben Shneiderman Editor

Ben Shneiderman is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL), and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Shneiderman lectures and consults internationally, while serving on corporate advisory boards and producing widely used textbooks. He was made a Fellow of the ACM in 1997, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001, and received the ACM CHI (Computer Human Interaction) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, U.S.A.