Sunday, September 18, 2011

Reaction : Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Role of Interaction in Information Visualization

A very clear distinction between interaction and representation is presented in the paper and a summary of the amount of research that has gone into both the areas is described. Interaction and representation go hand in hand but neither of them can be compromised for the sake of the other. The paper also gives us the chance to ponder about the fact that representation of infoVIZ has always overshadowed the interaction aspect. The paper makes an effort to bridge in this gap by describing the seven interaction techniques.

The interaction techniques which are described are detailed in nature but I felt that each interaction technique could have included broader range of examples. The interaction technique which we actually apply depends on the users requirement and thus cannot restrict ourselves to the listed techniques, that is the technique to be applied is rather "tightly bound" to the users requirement. The authors acknowledge this point and mention that there is a large scope for further research this field.

Overall, even though the paper cannot formally state that these seven techniques can be applied in all situations, it puts forth the extensive research conducted in this field and provides the reader background knowledge which will help pave the way for extending the work on interaction techniques.