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2016 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis) (2016)
Taipei, Taiwan
April 19, 2016 to April 22, 2016
ISSN: 2165-8773
ISBN: 978-1-5090-1451-4
pp: 259-263
Chien-Hsin Hsueh , University of California, Davis
Jacqueline Chu , University of California, Davis
Kwan-Liu Ma , University of California, Davis
Joyce Ma , Exploratorium
Jennifer Frazier , Exploratorium
We share our challenges and lessons learned in designing our exhibit prototype that encourages museum visitors to learn about marine animal behaviors through interactive visualization and data exploration. Our intent is to have visitors draw comparisons between animal behaviors, similarly to how scientists would, to make insights and discoveries. In our efforts, we have designed a set of visual encodings around the Tagging of Pelagic Predator (TOPP) data set to create the appropriate abstractions of this rich and complex field data. We have incorporated Multiple External Representations (MERs) and tangible user interfaces (TUIs) to provide a complementary representation of the data and promote self-learning. Through the formative evaluation, we can identify a few strengths and weaknesses of our prototype design. Our evaluation results suggest that we are progressing in the right direction - we observed the public making some comparisons and inferences - but still require further design iterations to improve our visualization exhibit.

C. Hsueh, J. Chu, K. Ma, J. Ma and J. Frazier, "Fostering comparisons: Designing an interactive exhibit that visualizes marine animal behaviors," 2016 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis)(PACIFICVIS), Taipei, Taiwan, 2016, pp. 259-263.
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