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Information Visualization: Highlights, Histories and Futures

Howard Griesdorf, Corinne Jorgensen, Peter Jorgensen, Diane Neal, Brian O'Connor, Ray Uzwyshyn

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Information visualization is a rapidly evolving field of study involving many disciplines, such as computer science, cognitive psychology, and of course information science. Historically, its research has synthesized, traversed, and recombined innovations from traditionally compartmentalized research areas. This panel will focus on future directions and historical trends of information visualization.

Information visualization combines traditional academic disciplines and commercial applications that exist outside of academe (such as video games). It attempts to create new paradigms for information or data visualization with the goal of improved understanding. Using such examples as large visually-oriented information systems and new mental models of visually organizing information, this panel will explore the future of information visualization.

Information visualization techniques, combined with back-end databases, will expand the boundaries of human intelligence by coupling human creativity with computer power.

Panelists will explore where we have been, what we have learned, and where we could go, providing specific examples with the aim of initiating a dialogue with the audience.

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