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Time is an exceptional dimension that is common to many application domains such as medicine, engineering, business, or science. Due to the distinct characteristics of time, appropriate visual and analytical methods are required to explore and analyze them.

This book starts with an introduction to visualization and historical examples of visual representations. At its core, the book presents and discusses a systematic view of the visualization of time-oriented data along three key questions: what is being visualized (data), why something is visualized (user tasks), and how it is presented (visual representation). To support visual exploration, interaction techniques and analytical methods are required that are discussed in separate chapters.

A large part of this book is devoted to a structured survey of 101 different visualization techniques as a reference for scientists conducting related research as well as for practitioners seeking information on how their time-oriented data can best be visualized.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction

Abstract
This chapter gives a general motivation for the book, an introduction to the basics of information visualization, and an outline of the book’s content.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 2. Historical Background

Abstract
This chapter takes a look back in time and presents a selection of historical visual representations of time-oriented data. The representation of time in the arts is a second aspect covered in this chapter.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 3. Time & Time-Oriented Data

Abstract
This chapter investigates in detail the characteristics of time and time-oriented data. Design aspects for modeling time and time-oriented data are introduced and discussed using examples.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 4. Visualization Aspects

Abstract
This chapter explains how the different characteristics of time and time-oriented data can be considered when generating visual representations. A number of examples illustrate possible visualization designs.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 5. Interaction Support

Abstract
This chapter explains why interaction is important when visualizing time and time-oriented data. Some general assertions will be made and basic concepts introduced.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 6. Analytical Support

Abstract
This chapter sheds some light on analytical methods to support the analysis of time-oriented data. A general overview of temporal data analysis is provided and specific application examples will be used for demonstration.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 7. Survey of Visualization Techniques

Abstract
This chapter is devoted to a structured survey of existing techniques for visualizing time and time-oriented data. Overall, 101 different visualization techniques are presented on a per-page basis; each of these self-contained descriptions is accompanied by an illustration and corresponding references.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Chapter 8. Conclusion

Abstract
This chapter briefly summarizes the content of the book and describes issues and challenges to be addressed in the future. Ideas for solutions are sketched in an outlook on the field of visual analytics.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski

Backmatter

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