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Information visualization is a complex research area. It builds on theory in information design, computer graphics, human-computer interaction and cognitive science.

As a subject in computer science, information visualization is the use of interactive, sensory representations, typically visual, of abstract data to reinforce cognition.

Practical application of information visualization in computer programs involves selecting, transforming and representing abstract data in a form that facilitates human interaction for exploration and understanding. Dynamic forms of visualisation such as educational animation have the potential to enhance understandings of systems that change over time.

Important aspects of information visualization are the interactivity and dynamics of the visual representation. Strong techniques enable the user to modify the visualization in real-time, thus affording unparalleled perception of patterns and structural relations in the abstract data in question.

Although much work in information visualization regards to visual forms, auditory and other sensory representations are also of concern.

Academic JournalEdit

Information Visualization

Academic ConferencesEdit

One of the top academic conferences for new research in information visualization is the annually held IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization (InfoVis).

InfoVis 2004

InfoVis 2005

There is also the annually held International Conference on Information Visualization (IV).


Related Research AreasEdit


  • Bederson, Benjamin B., Shneiderman, Ben. The Craft of Information Visualization: Readings and Refelections, Morgan Kaufmann, 2003, ISBN 1558609156.
  • Card, Stuart K., Mackinlay, Jock D., Shneiderman, Ben. Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999, ISBN 1-55860-533-9.
  • William S. Cleveland (1993). Visualizing Data.
  • William S. Cleveland (1994). The Elements of Graphing Data.
  • Spence, Robert. Information Visualization, ACM Press, 2001, ISBN 0-201-59626-1.
  • Edward R. Tufte (1992). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
  • Edward R. Tufte (1990). Envisioning Information.
  • Edward R. Tufte (1997). Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative.
  • Colin Ware (2000). Information Visualization: Perception for design.

External linksEdit

Educational visualization | Interactive visualization | Knowledge visualization | Product visualization | Scientific visualization
Related fields
Computer graphics | Computer science | Graphic design | Graphic image development | Human-computer interaction | Informatics | Visual communication
See also
Data mining | Gestalt psychology | Graph theory | Graphic organizer | Illustration | Imaging | Information graphic | Information graphic designers | List of graphical methods | List of graphing software | Representation (arts) | Representation (psychology) | Rendering (computer graphics)

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