Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Visualization Pipeline

  • Helwig HauserEmail author
  • Heidrun Schumann
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1133


Visualization reference model


The visualization pipeline is a general model for a typical structure of a visualization process, which has been abstracted from earlier works in visualization in the late 1980s [3], and then adapted and extended several times [1, 2,…]. Starting out from data to be visualized and a particular visualization task at hand, a number of steps are processed along the visualization pipeline, including data enhancement, visualization mapping, and rendering, to eventually achieve a visualization of the data with the purpose of serving the given visualization task through effectiveness, expressiveness, and appropriateness [4].

Key Points

Data visualization is a part of computer science which provides expressive visual representations of data – through the appropriate application of computer graphics, often also in an interactive form – with the intention to effectively aid specific user tasks, including the exploration, analysis, and presentation...

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Recommended Reading

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    Schumann H, Müller W. Visualisierung – Grundlagen und allgemeine Methoden (in German). Berlin: Springer; 2000.zbMATHGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of RostockRostockGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Daniel A. Keim
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany