Kim Rees has a great article on many of the papers at VisWeek, focusing mostly on the ones in the InfoVis track.
While many of the research was focused on trying to “do something better,” there was one paper that presented a novel, new type of data visualization. GestaltLines (PDF) by Ulrik Brandes and Nick Bobo of the University of Konstanz used balance to visualize dyadic relationships. Even in its most basic form, a ‘Gestaltline’ shows type, extent, and time of the relationship. Color is left as a degree of freedom to encode other variables. Using a sparkline or multivariate glyph approach, a gestaltline can easily be placed within text as a dataword. The technique seems like a very intuitive way of viewing relationships.
He includes PDF’s to the papers that he can (a welcome addition that I’m adding to my Evernote collection right now), and also covers some of the Visweek flops.
Of course this doesn’t mean these are the only ones you should read if you want to dig into this matter. Some other papers are foundational as well. For sure a side effect of the maturation of this field is that some newer papers are more solid and deep and I had to refrain myself to not include them in the list. But this is a collection of classics. A list of papers you just cannot avoid to know unless you want to risk a bad impression at VisWeek (ok ok it’s a joke … but there’s a pinch of truth in it). A retrospective. Definitely a must read. Call me nostalgic.
He’s got the famous ‘How NOT to Lie with Visualization’ in there, and for each paper breaks down what’s in it, why it’s important, and what you can expect to learn. He has PDF links as well, making it perfect for all us Evernote types.
An interesting find from VisWeek is the “Delft Visualization Group Start Kit”, a collection of required-reading for all PhD or Master’s candidates in the program. It’s only 5 papers, but it’s a good core foundation for anything interested in Scientific Visualization research.
T. Munzner, Visualization, Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, P. Shirley and S. Marschner, AK Peters, 2009, pp. 675-707. PDF fulltext.
B. Laramee, How to Read a Visualization Research Paper: Extracting the Essentials, in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (IEEE CG&A), forthcoming. PDF fulltext.
T. Munzner, A Nested Process Model for Visualization Design and Validation, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 15, 2009. PDF fulltext.
B. Laramee, How To Write A Visualization Research Paper: A Starting Point, Computer Graphics Forum (CGF). PDF fulltext.
T. Munzner, Process and Pitfalls in Writing Information Visualization Research Papers, Lecture Notes In Computer Science, 2008. PDF fulltext.
A good start, and if you want more, be sure to check out this articles written here on VizWorld by Alark Joshi:
If you’re going to SIGGRAPH for the technical papers, then you’ll definately want to head on over to the ACM portal where they’ve now published the official “ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol 28 Issue 3″, better known as the Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH2009.
Every paper is available online in PDF format, with “extras” downloadable as ZIP files (mov’s, sample datasets, etc). They’re separated by their Session, with 4 papers per session. Check it out, and let us know what papers you’re interested in.
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