Generating reusable visual notations using model transformation

Avazpour, Iman, Grundy, John C. and Vu, Hai L. 2014, Generating reusable visual notations using model transformation, in VINCI 2014 : Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, ACM Digital Library, [Sydney, N.S.W.], pp. 58-67, doi: 10.1145/2636240.2636843.

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Title Generating reusable visual notations using model transformation
Author(s) Avazpour, ImanORCID iD for Avazpour, Iman
Grundy, John C.
Vu, Hai L.
Conference name Visual Information Communication and Interaction. Symposium (7th : 2014 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, New South Wales
Conference dates 5-8 Aug. 2014
Title of proceedings VINCI 2014 : Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2014
Start page 58
End page 67
Total pages 10
Publisher ACM Digital Library
Place of publication [Sydney, N.S.W.]
Summary 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.
ISBN 9781450327657
Language eng
DOI 10.1145/2636240.2636843
Field of Research 080309 Software Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 890201 Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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