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Modeling coordinated multiple views of heterogeneous data cubes for urban visual analytics


Widjaja, Ivo; Russo, Patrizia; Pettit, Christopher; Sinnott, Richard; Tomko, Martin (2015). Modeling coordinated multiple views of heterogeneous data cubes for urban visual analytics. International Journal of Digital Earth, 8(7):558-578.

Abstract

With the explosion of digital data, the need for advanced visual analytics, including coordinated multiple views (CMV), is rapidly increasing. CMV enable users to discover patterns and examine relationships across multiple visualizations of one or multiple datasets. CMV have been implemented in a web-based environment through the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) project. AURIN offers a platform providing seamless and secure access to an extensive range of distributed urban datasets across Australia. Visual exploration of these datasets is essential to support research endeavors. This paper focuses on the challenges in dealing with complexity and multidimensionality of datasets used in CMV. We rely on the concept of multidimensional data cubes as the theoretical framework for coordination across visualizations. Using the concept of data cubes and hierarchical dimensions, we present strategies to automatically build render groups. This provides an implicit coordination based on cube structures and a framework to establish links between a dataset with its aggregates in a one-to-many fashion. The CMV approach is demonstrated using aggregate-level data, which is provided through federated data services. The paper discusses the issues around our CMV implementation and concludes by reflecting on the challenges in supporting spatio-temporal urban data exploration.

Abstract

With the explosion of digital data, the need for advanced visual analytics, including coordinated multiple views (CMV), is rapidly increasing. CMV enable users to discover patterns and examine relationships across multiple visualizations of one or multiple datasets. CMV have been implemented in a web-based environment through the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) project. AURIN offers a platform providing seamless and secure access to an extensive range of distributed urban datasets across Australia. Visual exploration of these datasets is essential to support research endeavors. This paper focuses on the challenges in dealing with complexity and multidimensionality of datasets used in CMV. We rely on the concept of multidimensional data cubes as the theoretical framework for coordination across visualizations. Using the concept of data cubes and hierarchical dimensions, we present strategies to automatically build render groups. This provides an implicit coordination based on cube structures and a framework to establish links between a dataset with its aggregates in a one-to-many fashion. The CMV approach is demonstrated using aggregate-level data, which is provided through federated data services. The paper discusses the issues around our CMV implementation and concludes by reflecting on the challenges in supporting spatio-temporal urban data exploration.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:18 Feb 2015 15:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:53
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1753-8947
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published online by Taylor & Francis in the International Journal of Digital Earth on August 8, 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17538947.2014.942713
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17538947.2014.942713

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