Semantic Models for Adaptive Interactive Systems

Part of the series Human–Computer Interaction Series pp 83-107

A Semantics-Based, End-User-Centered Information Visualization Process for Semantic Web Data

  • Martin VoigtAffiliated withTU Dresden Email author 
  • , Stefan PietschmannAffiliated withTU Dresden
  • , Klaus MeißnerAffiliated withTU Dresden

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Understanding and interpreting Semantic Web data is almost impossible for novices as skills in Semantic Web technologies are required. Thus, Information Visualization (InfoVis) of this data has become a key enabler to address this problem. However, convenient solutions are missing as existing tools either do not support Semantic Web data or require users to have programming and visualization skills. In this chapter, we propose a novel approach towards a generic InfoVis workbench called VizBoard, which enables users to visualize arbitrary Semantic Web data without expert skills in Semantic Web technologies, programming, and visualization. More precisely, we define a semantics-based, user-centered InfoVis workflow and present a corresponding workbench architecture based on the mashup paradigm, which actively supports novices in gaining insights from Semantic Web data, thus proving the practicability and validity of our approach.