Monday, September 19, 2011

Reaction: The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations

This paper overviews seven high level tasks needed to explore information effectively in software. By separating out different dimension of data, the author clearly identify how to tackle each task that correspond to that dimension. In addition, filtering techniques could be used to narrow down specific information. However the author did describe that the problem with English, unlike programming languages, is that it can't concisely define what the user is looking for. While this may be the case, perhaps some advance form of tagging may alleviate the problem. Overall, this paper present some good approaches to querying and gathering information using the seven tasks.