Needs assessment for the design of information synthesis visual analytics tools

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Information synthesis is a key portion of the analysis process with visual analytics tools. This stage of work requires users to collect, organize, and add meaning to individual analytical results. This paper reports the results of a needs assessment study with technical and bio/chemical security analysts intended to characterize the ways in which users currently synthesize information, and to elicit ideas for future tools to support information synthesis. Our work used structured interviews to obtain knowledge from analysts. Responses indicate that synthesis is currently supported through the use of office productivity software, and current tools do not provide adequate support for the task of information synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5190786
Pages (from-to)353-360
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation
StatePublished - Nov 19 2009
Event2009 13th International Conference on Information Visualisation, IV 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jul 15 2009Jul 17 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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