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Daden asks - what makes a good data visualisation system?
Birmingham UK, 8th August 2012: A survey to find out what functionality users want in a visual analytics system has been launched by immersive data visualisation specialists Daden Limited (Daden).
Data visualisation is a powerful method for presenting large quantities of information to users and with the continued explosion of "big data" tools to help make better sense of the data are a necessity.
Over the last year Daden have been looking at how immersive spaces can be used to develop alternative data visualisations and provide an alternative to the 2D tools which are so common today. Daden have been interested in 3D data visualisations since the company was formed in 2004. Early work in collaborative immersive virtual environments included real-time displays of aircraft approaching Los Angeles Airport, twitter streams as "bubbles of thought", and astrocubes plotting astronomical data showing stellar and galactic distributions. Daden's continued work on visualising data brought them to the attention of BAE Systems who subsequently invested in the company to accelerate and bring to market the immersive visual analytics tools that Daden had been developing.
David Burden, Daden's Managing Director said "The aim of this survey is to understand current use of, and views on, data visualisation and visual analytics tools. We recognise that this definition can include a wide variety of different application types from simple Excel charts and communications orientated infographics to specialist financial, social media and even intelligence focussed applications. We hope that we have pitched this initial survey at the right level to get feedback from users from across the spectrum, and that the results can help inform our own application development in this area."
The survey should take no more that 10 minutes to complete. Daden will be producing a report for public consumption which will be distributed to anyone who leaves their contact details on the final page of the survey!