Enrico Bertini, Catherine Plaisant, Giuseppe Santucci
Not every new visualization is useful. How can we better separate the wheat from the chaff, report the thrill or gauge utility? We organized BELIV'06, a workshop about evaluation in information visualization, to answer this kind of question. BELIV'06 was born from an acknowledgment of current methods' limitations, and some frustration with time-consuming evaluations that too often lead to unsatisfactory results. Good information visualization (InfoVis) provides users with accurate visual representations of data as well as powerful interaction tools that facilitate exploration, understanding, and discovery. InfoVis is successful when users can gather new, nontrivial insights, a process that takes…
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