Which visualizations work, for what purpose, for whom? Evaluating visualizations of terrestrial and aquatic systems

Judith Bayard Cushing, Evan Hayduk, Jerilyn Walley, Kirsten Winters, Denise Lach, Michael Bailey, Christoph Thomas, Susan G. Stafford

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Abstract

A need for better ecology visualization tools is well documented, and development of these is underway, including our own NSF funded Visualization of Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems (VISTAS) project, now beginning its second of four years. VISTAS' goal is not only to devise visualizations that help ecologists in research and in communicating that research, but also to evaluate the visualizations and software. Thus, we ask "which visualizations work, for what purpose, and for which audiences," and our project involves equal participation of ecologists, computer scientists, and social scientists. We have begun to study visualization use by ecologists, assessed some existing software products, and implemented a prototype. This position paper reports how we apply social science methods in establishing context for VISTAS' evaluation and development. We describe our initial surveys of ecologists and ecology journals to determine current visualization use, outline our visualization evaluation strategies, and in conclusion pose questions critical to the evaluation, deployment, and adoption of VISTAS and VISTAS-like visualizations and software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors - Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization, BELIV 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 4th Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors - Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization, BELIV 2012 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2012Oct 15 2012

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other2012 4th Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors - Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization, BELIV 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period10/14/1210/15/12

Keywords

  • Ecology informatics
  • Scientific visualization
  • Software evaluation
  • Visualization development lifecycle

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