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Describing and characterising visualisations.

  A generic framework for describing and specifying interfaces to databases has been proposed [1]. Currently this
framework is being used as a model for the development of an environment for the construction of user interfaces to object oriented databases, DRIVE [2].

This paper reviews this framework and extends some of its components to permit a comprehensive categorisation of visualisations. It should be noted that interfaces to
databases are more than visualisations and the framework deals with interfaces in general not simply visualisation. The paper will limit discussion to visualisation and the issues we consider important in the design of visualisations. The example visualisations categorised under the framework will be limited to 3D visualisations or non-immersive virtual reality.

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA76 Computer software

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    005 Computer programming, programs & data


Kennedy, J., Mitchell, K. & Barclay, P. J. (1995). Describing and characterising visualisations. In 3rd FADIVA Workshop



User interfaces; Object oriented databases; Visualisation;

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