Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reaction: The Eyes Have It: A Task By Data Type Taxonomy For Information Visualization

This paper has been instrumental in forming a foundation and creating some ground rules and methods to study and create visualizations. The paper divides the types of data that is generally visualized into different categories. It categorizes the data based on characteristics of the data and also based on the way such data needs to be visualized. For example temporal data is separate category instead of being in 2D data. The author has explained the categories very well and given a definition for each category. He has also provided examples for each category.

The author has formulated the basic mantra of visualization. He has suggested what kind of visualizations can be used for each category and how the basic tasks are fulfilled by such a visualization. It was a very neat paper to read and provided a very good foundation for data visualization.