Journal of Visualization

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 1161–1176 | Cite as

Voxer—a platform for creating, customizing, and sharing scientific visualizations

  • Weimin Yang
  • Yubo TaoEmail author
  • Hai LinEmail author
Regular Paper


Scientific visualizations offer domain experts the ability to explore data visually and interactively to gain insights from data. Most visualization systems focus on functionality and scalability. However, we believe that with the advent of faster rendering techniques and higher-speed networks, accessibility for every device should also be a goal for scientific visualizations. In this paper, we propose a novel scientific visualization system, Voxer, which provides ubiquitous visualizations by decoupling user interfaces from system space. In Voxer, we encapsulate the data processing and rendering functionality as a web service and design a module-based user interface for domain experts to create and customize different visualization pipelines in response to their specific requirements. These configured visualizations can be shared with the public through embedding visualizations on the web and interactively rendering on the server. Use cases and benchmarks are used to demonstrate how our system can help domain experts easily create and customize visualizations and improve visualizations accessibility.

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Scientific visualization Visualization system Web application Web service Accessibility 



This work was supported by the National Key Research & Development Program of China (2017YFB0202203), National Natural Science Foundation of China (61672452, 61890954 and 61972343), and NSFC-Guangdong Joint Fund (U1611263).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Lab of CAD&CGZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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