An environment for studying the impact of spatialising sonified graphs on data comprehension

Ramloll, R. and Brewster, S.A. (2002) An environment for studying the impact of spatialising sonified graphs on data comprehension. In: 6th International Conference on Information Visualisation, London, England, 10-12 July 2002, pp. 167-174. ISBN 0769516564 (doi:10.1109/IV.2002.1028773)



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We describe AudioCave, an environment for exploring the impact of spatialising sonified graphs on a set of numerical data comprehension tasks. Its design builds on findings regarding the effectiveness of sonified graphs for numerical data overview and discovery by visually impaired and blind students. We demonstrate its use as a test bed for comparing the approach of accessing a single sonified numerical datum at a time to one where multiple sonified numerical data can be accessed concurrently. Results from this experiment show that concurrent access facilitates the tackling of our set multivariate data comprehension tasks. AudioCave also demonstrates how the spatialisation of the sonified graphs provides opportunities for sharing the representation. We present two experiments investigating users solving set data comprehension tasks collaboratively by sharing the data representation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:visually impaired users, sonified graphs, spatial sound, data overview and discovery, gesture tracking, collaboration, awareness, and empirical studies
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Ramloll, R., and Brewster, S.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:IEEE Computer Society
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2002 IEEE Computer Society
First Published:First published in Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Information Visualisation: 10-12 July 2002, London, England
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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