Human Factors in Computing and Informatics pp 497-513
Unfolding – A Library for Interactive Maps
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- Nagel T., Klerkx J., Vande Moere A., Duval E. (2013) Unfolding – A Library for Interactive Maps. In: Holzinger A., Ziefle M., Hitz M., Debevc M. (eds) Human Factors in Computing and Informatics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7946. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Visualizing data with geo-spatial properties has become more important and prevalent due to the wide spread dissemination of devices, sensors, databases, and services with references to the physical world. Yet, with existing tools it is often difficult to create interactive geovisualizations tailored for a particular domain or a specific dataset. We present Unfolding, a library for interactive maps and data visualization. Unfolding provides an API for designers to quickly create and customize geo-visualizations. In this paper, we describe the design criteria, the development process, and the functionalities of Unfolding. We demonstrate its versatility in use through a collection of examples. Results from a user survey suggests programmers find the library easy to learn and to use.
Keywordstoolkits maps geovisualization information visualization interaction design programming
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