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a user study of a new website ( that supports asynchronous collaboration across a variety of visualization types. its collaborative features includes view sharing, discussion, graphical annotation & social navigation. results of the study show emergent patterns of social data analysis, including cycles of observation & hypothesis, & the complementary roles of social navigation & data-driven exploration. the study ran in 2 different parts: a pair of controlled lab studies & a 3-week live deployment on the IBM corporate intranet.

"we believe these results show the value of focusing on the social aspects of visual analysis. our user studies indicate that combining conversation & visual data analysis can help people explore a data set both broadly and deeply. from a design perspective, there seems to be a promising opportunity for exploring new widgets & modes of interaction aimed at enhancing collaboration."

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images from: Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Asynchronous Collaborative Information Visualization, Jeffrey Heer, Fernanda B. ViƩgas, Martin Wattenberg, ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2007


I've seen a site a few months ago in which you can create diagrams and graphs online from other people's uploaded data , cross-reference any dataset - like yearly alcohol consumption in the US , cell-phone users per capita , etc.. I can't remember the URL! I miss that site...

Wed 27 Jun 2007 at 8:49 PM

do you mean swivel or Many Eyes?

Wed 27 Jun 2007 at 9:42 PM

If you're in the Bay Area and you're interested in this work, come see Jeff Heer talk about it this Friday 6/29 and stick around for beers afterwards!

Thu 28 Jun 2007 at 10:20 AM

Dammit! I looked into swivel AND Many Eyes! they both look familiar! now I can't remember which one it was!! (swivel , probably..)

thanks infosthetics!

Wed 04 Jul 2007 at 2:57 AM
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