(In?)Extricable links between data and visualization: Preliminary results from the VISTAS project

Judith Cushing, Evan Hayduk, Jerilyn Walley, Lee Zeman, Kirsten Winters, Mike Bailey, John Bolte, Barbara Bond, Denise Lach, Christoph Thomas, Susan Stafford, Nik Stevenson-Molnar

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Abstract

Our initial survey of visualization tools for environmental science applications iden-tified sophisticated tools such as The Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers (VAPOR) [http://www.vapor.ucar.edu], and Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS)andThe Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) [http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/ software]. A second survey of ours (32,279 figures in 1,298 articles published between July and December 2011 in 9 environmental science (ES) journals) suggests a gap between extant visualization tools and what scientists actually use; the vast majority of published ES visualizations are statistical graphs, presenting evidence to colleagues in respective subdisciplines. Based on informal, qualitative interviews with collaborators, and communication with scientists at conferences such as AGU and ESA, we hypothesize that visualizations of natural phenomena that differ significantly from what we found in the journals would positively impact scientists' ability to tune models, intuit testable hypotheses, and communicate results. If using more sophisticated visualizations is potentially so desirable, why don't environmental scientists use the available tools?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScientific and Statistical Database Management - 24th International Conference, SSDBM 2012, Proceedings
Pages613-617
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 9 2012
Event24th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical DatabaseManagement, SSDBM 2012 - Chania, Crete, Greece
Duration: Jun 25 2012Jun 27 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7338 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other24th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical DatabaseManagement, SSDBM 2012
CountryGreece
CityChania, Crete
Period6/25/126/27/12

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Cushing, J., Hayduk, E., Walley, J., Zeman, L., Winters, K., Bailey, M., Bolte, J., Bond, B., Lach, D., Thomas, C., Stafford, S., & Stevenson-Molnar, N. (2012). (In?)Extricable links between data and visualization: Preliminary results from the VISTAS project. In Scientific and Statistical Database Management - 24th International Conference, SSDBM 2012, Proceedings (pp. 613-617). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7338 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-31235-9_45