Generating reusable visual notations using model transformation

Iman Avazpour, John C. Grundy, Hai L. Vu

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Visual notations are a key aspect of visual languages. They provide a direct mapping between the intended information and set of graphical symbols. Visual notations are most often implemented using the low level syntax of programming languages which is time consuming, error prone, difficult to maintain and hardly human-centric. In this paper we describe an alternative approach to generating visual notations using byexample model transformations. In our new approach, a semantic mapping between model and view is implemented using model transformations. The notations resulting from this approach can be reused by mapping varieties of input data to their model and can be composed into different visualisations. Our approach is implemented in the CONVErT framework and has been applied to many visualisation examples. Two case studies for visualising statistical charts and visualisation of traffic data are presented in this paper. A detailed user study of our approach for reusing notations and generating visualisations has been provided that shows good reusability and general acceptance of the novel approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, VINCI 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 Aug 20148 Aug 2014
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction 2014
Abbreviated titleVINCI 2014
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