From Abstract Data Mapping to 3D Photorealism: Understanding Emerging Intersections in Visualisation Practices
Researchers in arts and humanities, social sciences, scientific and engineering communities are generating, and accessing via grid and other networked technologies, ever increasing amounts of complex data. In turn, the analysis and presentation, or the enabling of real-time collaboration on such data and its constructed models, relies increasingly on visualization techniques and environments. Incremental advances in technology have tended to lead to the emergence of discipline specific methodologies or dedicated software. This has at times posed problems of their interoperability or fitness for use by other communities.
This is changing; models and methodologies now tend to span multiple visualisation techniques and environments. The development of these intersections bodes well for reuse of resources, training and collaboration in the wider UK visualisation community; however the meaning of the term 'visualization' varies widely between different disciplines according to the specific visualisation practices and techniques employed, and the research questions traditionally posed by that discipline. Interoperability and strategic approaches to tools development can be limited by research culture and focus. In addition, in both Science and Engineering and Arts and Humanities, visualization can vary from multidimensional abstract datasets (including text visualization and sensor data) to three-dimensional virtual reconstruction of natural and built environments. Providing introductions to, and overviews of, different areas of visualization to a cross-domain audience is therefore quite a challenging task.
The recent VizNET 2007 Workshop, a joint 3DVisA / VizNET event held 17-19 April in Leicestershire, successfully began this process. This follow-up expert workshop will bring together the presenters from VizNET 2007 along with other experts in visualization in Science & Engineering and Arts & Humanities, firstly to re-present to one another examples of visualization in their respective fields, and secondly, to draft cross-domain orientation materials in visualization topics.