June 22, 2008
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Models for Evaluating Visualization Center Effectiveness: Selected Case Studies
Seven visualization centers at institutions of higher learning in the Unites States were visited where directors or senior staff/faculty of visualization centers or laboratories were interviewed using a standard survey instrument. These centers represented science, medicine, engineering, art, and social science disciplines. Of particular interest were original and continuing funding models, the organizational structure of each facility, the profiles of participating faculty, and the relationship of the centers’ research activities with undergraduate and graduate academic programs. This paper develops three models based on the sampled centers, describes the topology of visualization activities, and draws preliminary conclusions from the survey data.
Data visualization has become an important tool in technical education and practice as witnessed in technology, the sciences, medicine, engineering, and social science. Technologies for interacting with complex multi-dimensional data have become economically feasible and functionally practicable as witnessed by the establishment of “Visualization Centers” at a number of university locations. Visualization technologies include, but are not limited to: immersive and non-immersive virtual reality experiences, active and passive stereo displays, multiple displays using data walls, animations, and simulations. To better understand the current state of visualization activities, seven such centers were sampled for a survey conducted by the researcher. A chronological listing of the centers that were visited is found in Appendix A. Indeed, visualization technologies have become sufficiently mature that most, if not all, technical problems in delivering visualization functionality have been solved. Still, many questions concerning implementation, especially as part of degree programs, persist.
Duff, J. (2008, June), Models For Evaluating Visualization Center Effectiveness Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3476
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