Visualization

Publications on visualization systems

A Comparative Study of Four Ontology Visualization Techniques in Protégé: Experiment Setup and Preliminary Results

Akrivi Katifori , Elena Torou, Constantin Halatsis, Lepouras Georgios and Costas Vassilakis
Proceedings of the IV 06 Conference.

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The continuing need for more effective information retrieval has lead to the creation of the notions of the semantic web and personalized information management, areas of study that very often employ ontologies to represent the semantic context of a domain. Consequently, the need for effective ontology visualization for design, management and browsing has arisen. There are several ontology visualizations available through the existing ontology management tools, but not as many evaluations to determine their advantages and disadvantages and their suitability for various ontologies and user groups. This work presents the preliminary results of an evaluation of four visualization methods in Protégé.

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A Context-Based Adaptive Visualization Environment

Maria Golemati, Constantin Halatsis, Costas Vassilakis, Akrivi Katifori, Georgios Lepouras
Proceedings of the IV 06 Conference.

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Digital libraries and historical archives are increasingly employing visualization systems to facilitate the information retrieval and knowledge extraction tasks of their users. Typically, each organization employs a single visualization system, which may not suit best the needs of certain user groups, specific tasks, or properties of document collections to be visualized. In this paper we present a context-based adaptive visualization environment, which embeds a set of visualization methods into a visualization library, from which the most appropriate one is selected for presenting information to the user. Methods are selected by examining parameters related to the user profile, system configuration and the set of data to be visualized, and employing a set of rules to assess the suitability of each method. The presented environment additionally monitors user behavior and preferences to adapt the visualization method selection criteria.

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An Interview-Based User Study on the use of Visualizations for Folder Browsing

Maria Golemati, Akrivi Katifori, Eugenia G. Giannopoulou, Ilias Daradimos, Costas Vassilakis, George Lepouras, Constantin Halatsis
Proceedings of IV 08,

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Hierarchically structured data collections often need to be visualized for the purposes of digital information management and presentation. File browsing, in particular, has an inherent hierarchical structure and plays an important role in the context of Personal Information Management (PIM). A multitude of file browsers are nowadays available, offering different functionalities, while users adopt diverse practices and habits for browsing activities. In this paper, we investigate these aspects to obtain insights into their advantages and disadvantages and suggest solutions in the area of PIM, as well as in other domains employing similar visualization paradigms. The presented study focuses on the two most widespread visualizations used by file browsers, namely the indented list and zoomable interface paradigms, and assesses their effectiveness for various tasks and contexts, both by exploiting results on existing evaluations on hierarchy visualizations and folder hierarchy visualizations in particular, and by conducting an interview-based user study.

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Context and Adaptivity-Driven Visualization Method Selection

Maria Golemati, Costas Vassilakis, Akrivi Katifori, George Lepouras, Constantin Halatsis
Chapter in "Intelligent User Interfaces: Adaptation and Personalization Systems and Technologies"

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Novel and intelligent visualization methods are being developed in order to accommodate user searching and browsing tasks, including new and advanced functionalities. Besides, research in the field of user modeling is progressing in order to personalize these visualization systems, according to its users' individual profiles. However, employing a single visualization system, may not suit best any information seeking activity. In this paper we present a visualization environment, which is based on a visualization library, i.e. is a set of visualization methods, from which the most appropriate one is selected for presenting information to the user. This selection is performed combining information extracted from the context of the user, the system configuration and the data collection. A set of rules inputs such information and assigns a score to all candidate visualization methods. The presented environment additionally monitors user behavior and preferences to adapt the visualization method selection criteria.

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Evaluating the Significance of the Windows Explorer Visualization in Personal Information Management Browsing tasks

Maria Golemati, Akrivi Katifori, Eugenia G. Giannopoulou, Ilias Daradimos, Costas Vassilakis
Proceedings of the Information Visualization 07 Conference.

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The visualization of hierarchies is very important for digital information management and presentation systems. Especially in the context of Personal Information Management, file browsers play a very important role. Currently the most common file browser visualizations are Windows Explorer and the simple zoomable visualization offered by Microsoft Windows. This work explores the issue of file browser visualization through a user study based on interviews and an experiment.

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Selected Results of a Comparative Study of Four Ontology Visualization Methods for Information Retrieval tasks

Akrivi Katifori, Elena Torou, Costas Vassilakis, Georgios Lepouras, Constantin Halatsis
Proceedings of IEEE RCIS 2008.

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TThe need for effective ontology visualization for design, management and browsing has arisen as a result of the progress in the areas of Semantic Web and Personal Information Management. There are several ontology visualizations available through existing ontology management tools, but not as many evaluations to determine their advantages and disadvantages and their suitability for various ontologies and user groups. This work presents selected results of an evaluation of four visualization methods in Protégé.

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Supporting Research in Historical Archives: Historical Information Visualization and Modeling Requirements

Akrivi Katifori, Elena Torou, Costas Vassilakis, Constantin Halatsis
Proceedings of IV 08,

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The on-going progress in the area of digital libraries has lead to the beginning of a digitization effort in Historical Archives, as well. The requirements of historical research, which works with histories of entities and incomplete information, create the need for supplementary tools to support users in handling the digitized content. This work is based on a user study of historian information retrieval methods in order to create a set of tools for the context of historical archives, which will facilitate historical data storage, management and visualization.

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Visualization method effectiveness in ontology-based information retrieval tasks involving entity evolution

Akrivi Katifori , Costas Vassilakis, George Lepouras, Elena Torou, Constantin Halatsis and
Proceedings of SMAP 2014

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Incorporating digital tools in the business and scientific research workflows is at the moment an on-going process, challenging and demanding as every domain has its own needs in terms of data models and information retrieval methods. The information in some domains involves entity evolution, a characteristic that introduces additional tasks, such as finding all evolution stages of an entity, and poses additional requirements for the information retrieval process. In this paper we present a user study aiming to investigate the effectiveness of current ontology browsing and visualization methods for supporting users in tasks involving research on entity evolution.

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Visualizing Hierarchies: Evaluating the Efficiency and Cognitive Effects of Six Visualization Techniques for Browsing and Management Tasks

Golemati, Marianthi, Vassilakis, Costas, Katifori, Akrivi, Lepouras, George, Halatsis, Constantin
Poster presentation in IV 09

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Hierarchical data structures are one of the most commonly used data structures in computer science, and therefore numerous methods and techniques have been proposed for their visualization. In this paper, we present our findings from a user study, in which a number of folder visualization environments were evaluated to assess (a) how efficiently a number of tasks can be performed within the different environments (b) the extent to which using a particular visualization may help the user acquire an accurate cognitive image of the hierarchy structure and its contents and (c) the overall user experience from using a particular visualization environment. The visualization environments considered are representative of major visualization paradigms (zoomable user interfaces, context+focus and space-filling), while both 2D and 3D environments have been included.

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Visualizing a Temporally-Enhanced Ontology

Katifori Akrivi, Vassilakis Costas, Lepouras Georgios, Daradimos Ilias, Halatsis Constantin
Proceedings of the ACM Advanced Visual Interfaces 06 Conference.

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Most ontology development methodologies and tools for ontology management deal with ontology snapshots, i.e. they model and manage only the most recent version of ontologies, which is inadequate for contexts where the history of the ontology is of interest, such as historical archives. This work presents a modeling for entity and relationship timelines in the Protégé tool, complemented with a visualization plug-in, which enables users to examine entity evolution along the timeline.

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