Visualizing dynamic data with maps

Daisuke Mashima, Stephen Kobourov, Yifan Hu

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Maps offer a familiar way to present geographic data (continents, countries), and additional information (topography, geology), can be displayed with the help of contours and heat-map overlays. In this paper, we consider visualizing large-scale dynamic relational data by taking advantage of the geographic map metaphor. We describe a map-based visualization system which uses animation to convey dynamics in large data sets, and which aims to preserve the viewer's mental map while also offering readable views at all times. Our system is fully functional and has been used to visualize user traffic on the Internet radio station, as well as TV-viewing patterns from an IPTV service. All map images in this paper are available in high-resolution at [1] as are several movies illustrating the dynamic visualization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6109250
Pages (from-to)1424-1437
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2012


  • Information interface and presentation
  • dynamic visualization
  • graph drawing
  • map-based visualization
  • multimedia information systems
  • spatialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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