IV 10 conference Best paper award

July 30, 2010

The 14th International Conference on Information Visualization, held in London, is just over (26-29 July 2010).

We are very glad and honored to have received the best paper award for our paper “Choosing Knowledge Visualizations to Augment Cognition: the Managers’ View”, forthcoming in the IEEE proceedings of the conference.

Abstract:  Growing evidence in the scientific literature and in organizations shows the positive impact of employing conceptual visual representation for individual reasoning, communicating and facilitating meetings in organizations. 116 managers responded a questionnaire on the usefulness of 12 common business visualizations for typical knowledge tasks in organizations. The resulting ranking provides an overview of the comparative suitability of visualizations for generating ideas, sharing knowledge, evaluating options and planning. The findings can be used by organizations for evaluating visual templates as a support for specific knowledge tasks. Theoretical implications include the relationship between the structure level of knowledge visualization forms and convergent/divergent task type. Further implications for theory and practice are discussed.

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Sociological images

July 24, 2010

Sociological Images: Seeing is Believing is designed to encourage all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.”

Sociological Images is an interesting blog that uses pictures to provoke and discuss current sociological issues, from ads to infographs, barcharts to videos. Similarly “Graphic Sociology” provides a collection in infographics and infovis on the topic of sociology:

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Social Media Graphics

July 23, 2010

The social media universe is continuing to attract the attention of graphic designers, that use infographics, charts and graphs to explain, provide insights and explore creatively the Web 2.0.

This blog on Social Media Graphics provides a collection of interesting and colorful graphs, by Michael Schulz. From the same author also interesting collections of shapes and colors.

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Eye tracking

July 3, 2010

Eye tracking at the University of Oxford, department of Psychology.

The black tool at the bottom is the eye tracking machine, version 1200. The little violet dot on the screen is the position where the subject is currently looking at, tracked in real time. This pictue on the screen is used for the initial calibration, which needs to be done for each subject.

Eye tracking is increasingly used in the study of visual representations, human computer interaction, marketing, etc. I was amazed to learn that is now used to study political choice, and they found that democrats and republicans look at different parts of the same picture!! For example they look at the aggressor or at the victim. There are also remarkable gender differences on the focus of images.

A simple and very powerful tool for studying visual representations.

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