Using 3D Visual Metaphors in Information Visualization

C. Russo dos Santos (France)


Information Visualization, Visual Metaphors, 3D Visual ization


The core of visualization is finding a way of representing information visually in a manner that is most effective and pleasing for the user comprehension. This involves map ping data on a given visual representation or parameters. In the case of information visualization, this mapping gains a new pertinence. In information visualization we are dealing mainly with data that has no natural visual representation. More over, the volumes of data to represent are usually large and multi-dimensional. The question that thus arises is: how to visually represent large volumes of abstract data in an ef fective way? We believe that one solution is using visual metaphors. In this paper, we discuss some pros and cons of both using metaphors and three-dimensional (3D) graphics to convey abstract information.

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