Week8Task—data visualization

Lev Manovich demonstrated that in 2002,  he defined visualization as “a transformation of quantified data which is not visual is into a visual representation.”  There are two definitions of visualization.

  • Most information visualization today continues to employ graphical primitives. 
  • mapping of most important data dimensions into spatial variables.

There is one example about Health InfoScape  http://visualization.geblogs.com/visualization/network/

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  1. clear structure (color/patterns/transparency)—two types to switch. make visible the relations between a large number of these artifacts.
  2. interactive visualization—check every disease and transformable/search box/ limiting condition(gender)
  3. spatial dimensions— type2 show the degree of prevalence from distance from the prototypical spatial
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male (transformable)

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search keyword

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There also has a example  aboutSan Francisco Bay community food web  http://proopnarine.wordpress.com/2009/02/

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  1. No visual dimensions
  2. can not understand
  3. no any animations to show the principle




1.Manovich, L., 2010. What is Visualisation. [online] Available at:

http://manovich.net/index.php/projects/what-is-visualization [Accessed 10 Nov. 2014].




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