Contextual Snapshots: Enriched Visualization with Interactive Spatial Annotations

Peter Mindek, Stefan Bruckner, Meister Eduard Gröller
Contextual Snapshots: Enriched Visualization with Interactive Spatial Annotations
In Proceedings of the 29th Spring Conference on Computer Graphics. May 2013.
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Spatial selections are a ubiquitous concept in visualization. By localizing particular features, they can be analyzed and compared in different views. However, the semantics of such selections are often dependent on other parameter settings and it can be difficult to reconstruct them without additional information. In this paper, we present the concept of contextual snapshots as an effective means for managing spatial selections in visualized data. The selections are automatically associated with the context in which they have been created. Contextual snapshots can be also used as the basis for interactive integrated and linked views, which enable in-place investigation and comparison of multiple visual representations of data. Our approach is implemented as a flexible toolkit with welldefined interfaces for integration into existing systems. We demonstrate the power and generality of our techniques by applying them to several distinct scenarios such as the visualization of simulation data and the analysis of historical documents.

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@inproceedings{mindek-2013-csl,
  title =      "Contextual Snapshots: Enriched Visualization with
               Interactive Spatial Annotations",
  author =     "Peter Mindek and Stefan Bruckner and Meister Eduard
               Gr{\"o}ller",
  year =       "2013",
  abstract =   "Spatial selections are a ubiquitous concept in
               visualization. By localizing particular features, they can
               be analyzed and compared in different views. However, the
               semantics of such selections are often dependent on other
               parameter settings and it can be difficult to reconstruct
               them without additional information. In this paper, we
               present the concept of contextual snapshots as an effective
               means for managing spatial selections in visualized data.
               The selections are automatically associated with the context
               in which they have been created. Contextual snapshots can be
               also used as the basis for interactive integrated and linked
               views, which enable in-place investigation and comparison of
               multiple visual representations of data. Our approach is
               implemented as a flexible toolkit with welldefined
               interfaces for integration into existing systems. We
               demonstrate the power and generality of our techniques by
               applying them to several distinct scenarios such as the
               visualization of simulation data and the analysis of
               historical documents.",
  pages =      "%pages_from%--%pages_to%",
  month =      5,
  booktitle =  "Proceedings of the 29th Spring Conference on Computer
               Graphics",
  series =     "SCCG ",
  location =   "Smolenice, Slovakia",
  keywords =   "spatial selections, annotations, linked views, provenance",
  URL =        "http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2013/mindek-2013-csl/",
}