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Challenges of evaluating the information visualization experience

Faisal, S.; Cairns, P.; Blandford, A.; (2007) Challenges of evaluating the information visualization experience. In: Ramduny-Ellis, D. and Rachovides, D., (eds.) People and Computers XXI: HCI...but not as we know it. Vol. 2. (pp. pp. 167-170). British Computer Society: Swindon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Information Visualisation (InfoVis) is defined as an interactive visual representation of abstract data. We view the user’s interaction with InfoVis tools as an experience which is made up of a set of highly demanding cognitive activities. These activities assist users in making sense and gaining knowledge of the represented domain. Usability studies that involve a task-based analysis and usability questionnaires are not enough to capture such an experience. This paper discusses the challenges involved when it comes to evaluating InfoVis tools by giving an overview of the activities involved in an InfoVis experience and demonstrating how they affect the visualisation process. The argument in this paper is based on our experiences in designing, building and evaluating an academic literature visualisation tool.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Challenges of evaluating the information visualization experience
ISBN-13:9781902505954
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1531407&jmp=cit&coll=GUIDE&dl=GUIDE&CFID=46592422&CFTOKEN=25282385#CIT
Language:English
Additional information:Paper presented at the Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference 3 - 7 September 2007 held at University of Lancaster, UK.
Keywords:Information visualisation, user experience, evaluation
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

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