What is Visual Data Analysis?

Visual data analysis blends highly advanced computational methods with sophisticated graphics engines to tap the extraordinary ability of humans to see patterns and structure in even the most complex visual presentations. Currently applied to massive, heterogeneous, and dynamic datasets, such as those generated in studies of astrophysical, fluidic, biological, and other complex processes, the techniques have become sophisticated enough to allow the interactive manipulation of variables in real time. Ultra high-resolution displays allow teams of researchers to zoom into interesting aspects of the renderings, or to navigate along interesting visual pathways, following their intuitions and even hunches to see where they may lead. New research is now beginning to apply these sorts of tools to the social sciences as well, and the techniques offer considerable promise in helping us understand complex social processes like learning, political and organizational change, and the diffusion of knowledge.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - bobmoore bobmoore Feb 4, 2014Data visualization can help at all levels of education. It can help students, teachers, district leaders and state and federal policy makers see patterns and trends in learning that they may not be able to discern by just looking at numbers and charts.
  • I agree with Bob. Helping students and teachers visualize what is known (and not known) is very powerful. - keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 9, 2014kkrueger 2028612676
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • - bobmoore bobmoore Feb 4, 2014This could have a huge impact.
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • - bobmoore bobmoore Feb 4, 2014The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center and other organizations are planning an education data visualization summit for May 2014. It is the first formal work I have seen for K12.
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