Charting the Path Towards Effective Knowledge Visualisations

Renaud, K. and van Biljon, J. (2017) Charting the Path Towards Effective Knowledge Visualisations. In: Proceedings of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT '17), Thab 'Nchu, South Africa, 26-28 Sep 2017, ISBN 9781450352505 (doi:10.1145/3129416.3129421)

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Knowledge visualisation is enjoying increasing attention from researchers and organisations, due to its potential for expediting knowledge transfer. Despite the availability of many information visualisation guidelines, those who are tasked to produce knowledge visualisations currently do so without any formal guidance. These unguided efforts do not reliably deliver efficacious visualisations. The research reported in this paper sought first to delineate the essence of knowledge visualisation. We captured this essence in the form of a comprehensive definition as well as a list of essential criteria exhibited by effective knowledge visualisations. Using these, we moved on to address the lack of guidance by producing a set of knowledge visualisation guidelines. We report on how we derived and evaluated these guidelines. The guidelines, despite the rigorous derivation process, did not help the evaluators to produce effective visualisations. We reflect on the reasons for this and report on a number of lessons learned during the process. We conclude by suggesting a direction for future research.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This work is based on the research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation of South Africa (Grant No 98564).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Karen
Authors: Renaud, K., and van Biljon, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press

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