Harnessing WebGL and WebSockets for a Web-Based Collaborative Graph Exploration Tool

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9114)

Abstract

The advancements of web technologies in recent years made it possible to switch from traditional desktop software to online solutions. Today, people naturally use web applications to work together on documents, spreadsheets, or blogs in real time. Also interactive data visualizations are more and more shared in the web. They are thus easily accessible, and it is possible to collaboratively discuss and explore complex data sets. A still open problem in collaborative information visualization is the online exploration of node-link diagrams of graphs (or networks) in fields such as social sciences or systems biology. In this paper, we address challenges related to this research problem and present a client/server-based visualization system for the collaborative exploration of graphs. Our approach uses WebGL to render large graphs in a web application and provides tools to coordinate the analysis process of multiple users in synchronous as well as asynchronous sessions.

Keywords

Collaboration Web user interfaces WebGL WebSockets Network visualization Graph drawing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, ISOVIS GroupLinnaeus UniversityVäxjöSweden

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