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Dynamic Design Documents for supporting applied visualization

Rooney, C., Beecham, R., Dykes, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8096-5763 & Wong, W. (2017). Dynamic Design Documents for supporting applied visualization. Poster presented at the IEEE VIS 2017, 01 - 06 Oct 2017, Phoenix, USA.


A common characteristic of applied visualization is collaboration between visualization researcher and domain expert – where the vi- sualization researcher attempts to assimilate sufficient detail around data, task and requirements to design a visualization tool that is manifestly useful. We report on a method for enabling such a col- laboration that can be used throughout the design process to gather and develop requirements and continually evaluate and support iter- ative design. We do so using highly interactive web-pages that we term dynamic design documents. Applied during a four-year visual data analysis project for crime research, these documents enabled a series of data mappings to be explored by our collaborators (crime analysts) remotely – in a flexible and continuous way. We argue that they engendered a level of engagement that is qualitatively dis- tinct from more traditional methods of feedback elicitation, offered a solution to limited and intermittent contact between analyst and visualization researcher and speculate that they provided a means of partially addressing certain intractable deficiencies, such as so- cial desirability-bias, that are common to evaluation in applied data visualization.

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Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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