Proceedings: GI 1997

Interactive Volumetric Information Visualization for Document Corpus Management

David Ebert, Chris Shaw, Amen Zwa, Ethan Miller, Aaron Roberts

Proceedings of Graphics Interface '97: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 21 - 23 May 1997, 121-128

DOI 10.20380/GI1997.14

  • BibTeX

      title = {Interactive Volumetric Information Visualization for  Document Corpus Management},
      author = {David S Ebert and Chris D Shaw and Amen Zwa and Ethan L Miller and D Aaron Roberts},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the Graphics Interface 1997 Conference, May 21-23, 1997, Kelowna, BC, Canada},
      year = {1997},
      month = {May},
      pages = {121--128},
      url = {}
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This paper describes a minimally immersive three-dimensional volumetric interactive information visualization system for management and analysis of document corpora. The system, SFA, uses glyph-based volume rendering, enabling more complex data relationships and information attributes to be visualized than traditional 2D and surface-based visualization systems. Two-handed interaction using three-space magnetic trackers and stereoscopic viewing are combined to produce a minimally immersive interactive system that enhances the user's three-dimensional perception of the information space. This new system capitalizes on the human visual system's pre-attentive learning capabilities to quickly analyze the displayed information. We describe the usefulness of this system for the analysis and visualization of document similarity within a corpus of textual documents.