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Issue No. 04 - July/August (2017 vol. 37)
ISSN: 0272-1716
pp: 103-112
Min Chen , University of Oxford
Georges Grinstein , University of Massachusetts
Chris R. Johnson , University of Utah
Jessie Kennedy , Edinburgh Napier University
Melanie Tory , Tableau Software
There is little doubt that having a theoretic foundation will benefit the field of visualization, including its main subfields. Because there has been a substantial amount of work on taxonomies and conceptual models in the visualization literature and some recent work on theoretic frameworks, such a theoretic foundation is not a foolish or impractical ambition. This article asks, “How can we build a theoretic foundation for visualization collectively as a community?” The authors envision the pathways for four different aspects of a theoretic foundation: taxonomies and ontologies, principles and guidelines, conceptual models and theoretic frameworks, and quantitative laws and theoretic systems.
Ontologies, Taxonomy, Visualization, Guidelines, Computational modeling, Data visualization, History

M. Chen, G. Grinstein, C. R. Johnson, J. Kennedy and M. Tory, "Pathways for Theoretical Advances in Visualization," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 103-112, 2017.
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