What is Information Visualization?

Information visualization blends highly advanced computational methods with sophisticated graphics engines to tap the extraordinary ability of humans to see patterns and structure in even the most complex visual presentations. Currently applied to massive, heterogeneous, and dynamic datasets, such as those generated in studies of astrophysical, fluidic, biological, and other complex processes, the techniques have become sophisticated enough to allow the interactive manipulation of variables in real time. Ultra high-resolution displays allow teams of researchers to zoom into compelling aspects of the renderings, or to navigate along interesting visual pathways, following their intuitions and even hunches to see where they may lead. New research is now beginning to apply these sorts of tools to the social sciences as well, and the techniques offer considerable promise in helping us understand complex social processes like learning, political and organizational change, and the diffusion of knowledge.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Children and young people relate to visual information increasingly and learn to make use of this type of information. The technology can be an important contribution to the learning of a variety of different types of information, as this infographic shows: http://neomam.com/interactive/13reasons/. It can motivate students to learn in ways other than reading "normal" texts. The technology could lead to an increased breadth and more varied learning methods. Students can navigate different in their reading and learning of the subject material, The technology could be simplified and accessible so that students can develop their visual representations of complex information. - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 17, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Information visualization is a form of visual communication consisting of different visual elements put together to express a content. In order to create and understand visual information knowledge of visual communication is needed. It is also possible to make easy and small examples of visual information, by hand, by painting, drawing and so on. Simple and normal examples are Wordclouds as http://www.wordle.net old examples painted by hand are Minards paintings
    http://cartographia.wordpress.com/category/charles-joseph-minard/ - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • Information vizualization can be worked on throughout their whole education from simple to more complex structures.It can be used as a basis for interdisciplinary collaboration and open-ended learning activities where students must connect amounts of information, simplyfy and then communicate information visually. - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 17, 2013

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • At Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences teacher training for Arts and craft teachers, we work with different forms of information visualization. www.hioa.no as this studentblogg http://kunstogvisuellkommunikasjon.wordpress.com/ - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
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