The Research Group is Moving!

During winter term 2021/22, we move to University of Bamberg. From Oct. 15, 2021, Fabian Beck holds a full professor position on Information Visualization.

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Publications of the research group since 2016. For earlier publications, please visit Fabian Beck's Google Scholar or DBLP profile.

Word-Sized Graphics for Scientific Texts

Type of Publication: Article in Journal

Word-Sized Graphics for Scientific Texts

Beck, Fabian; Weiskopf, Daniel
Title of Journal:
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Volume (Publication Date):
23 (2017)
Number of Issue:
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Word-Sized Graphics for Scientific Texts (1.42 MB)
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Generating visualizations at the size of a word creates dense information representations often called sparklines. The integration of word-sized graphics into text could avoid additional cognitive load caused by splitting the readers' attention between figures and text. In scientific publications, these graphics make statements easier to understand and verify because additional quantitative information is available where needed. In this work, we perform a literature review to find out how researchers have already applied such word-sized representations. Illustrating the versatility of the approach, we leverage these representations for reporting empirical and bibliographic data in three application examples. For interactive Web-based publications, we explore levels of interactivity and discuss interaction patterns to link visualization and text. We finally call the visualization community to be a pioneer in exploring new visualization-enriched and interactive publication formats.