Visualisation

Refers to techniques used to summarise and present data visually, in a form that enables people to understand and analyse the information. Formats can include images, maps, timelines, graphs and tables. Visualisation often uses computer graphics software, including virtual reality and 2-D or 3-D animation, as well as static images.

Such methods are often used to allow people to study objects that are too fragile to be physically handled, or to reconstruct past events and landscapes, for example.

The term ‘geovisualisation’ refers to the use of these techniques to construct interactive maps, which include the ability to zoom in and out, view different layers and change the map’s visual appearance. Geovisualisation methods are often used in Archaeology, in addition to Geography, and can include geo-referencing and projection, overlaying and photogrammetry.

Collaborative visualisation is used to allow a group of people to explore a visualisation simultaneously, in order that they can analyse, discuss and annotate it collectively, communicating via audio, video or text messages.

Software visualisation is used to explore a system and identify quality defects during software development and maintenance activities. This is related to methods such as system quality assurance and code testing.

Related methods include: 2d Graphic design, 3d Graphic design, 3d Modelling – interactive, Animation, Audio-visual interaction (Synchronous), Geo-referencing and projection, Graphical interaction (Synchronous), Overlaying, Photogrammetry, System quality assurance and code testing and Textual interaction (Synchronous).

tool: ERDAS Imagine

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, movies, and on cartographic quality map compositions.
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2d illustrationPractice-led research
2d modelling - rasterData structuring and enhancement
2d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - interactiveData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorPractice-led research
AnimationData structuring and enhancement
Content analysisData analysis
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
DocumentationStrategy and project management
Geo-referencing and projectionData structuring and enhancement
GPS and total station surveysData capture
Human factors analysisStrategy and project management
OverlayingData analysis
Remote sensingData capture
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Statistical analysisData analysis
Video-based interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
VisualisationData analysis
Alternate tool(s):

SPRING, Virtual Terrain Project (VTP),

tool: ArcGIS

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and Online GIS. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.
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2d modelling - rasterData structuring and enhancement
2d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - interactiveData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorPractice-led research
Audio-visual interaction (synchronous)Communication and collaboration
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
CollatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
Disk publishingData publishing and dissemination
DocumentationStrategy and project management
Geo-referencing and projectionData structuring and enhancement
Geophysical surveyData capture
GPS and total station surveysData capture
Graphical interaction (synchronous)Communication and collaboration
Graphical renderingData structuring and enhancement
IndexingData analysis
OverlayingData analysis
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Spatial data analysisData analysis
VisualisationData analysis
Alternate tool(s):

GRASS (Geographic Analysis Support System) GIS, ThinkGeo

tool: RivEx

RivEx is a river network tool designed to run under ESRI ArcMap 9.1. It allows for quality control and analysis of the river network and creation of node layers.
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2d graphic designPractice-led research
2d illustrationPractice-led research
2d modelling - rasterData structuring and enhancement
2d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d graphic designPractice-led research
3d modelling - interactiveData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorPractice-led research
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
DocumentationStrategy and project management
Geo-referencing and projectionData structuring and enhancement
Graphical interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Graphical renderingData structuring and enhancement
Human factors analysisStrategy and project management
Texture design and mappingPractice-led research
Use of existing digital dataData capture
Virtual world modellingPractice-led research
VisualisationData analysis
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Alternate tool(s):

MotherPlanet

tool: Mercury Amira

Mercury Amira is a multifaceted tool that allows for integration, manipulation, and visualisation of large sets of data. Automatic and interactive segmentation tools support processing of 3D image data.
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2d graphic designPractice-led research
2d illustrationPractice-led research
2d modelling - rasterData structuring and enhancement
2d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
2d scanning and photographyData capture
3d graphic designPractice-led research
3d modelling - interactiveData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorPractice-led research
3d scanningData capture
Content analysisData analysis
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
DocumentationStrategy and project management
Geo-referencing and projectionData structuring and enhancement
Geophysical surveyData capture
GPS and total station surveysData capture
Graphical interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Image manipulationPractice-led research
Image segmentationData analysis
Spatial data analysisData analysis
Virtual world modellingData structuring and enhancement
VisualisationData analysis
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Avizo

tool: GeoNames

A global geographical database that may be used to identify, tag and disambiguate all references to location. The database contains over 8 million entries, each of which possesses a geographic name (in various languages), latitude, longitude, elevation, population, administrative subdivision and postal codes and information on unique features.
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Data miningData analysis
DocumentationStrategy and project management
Geo-referencing and projectionData structuring and enhancement
Record linkagesData analysis
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Searching and queryingData analysis
Text recognitionData capture
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Texture design and mappingPractice-led research
Use of existing digital dataData capture
VisualisationData analysis
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Unlock

tool: MMax2

MMax2 is a text annotation tool for creating and visualizing annotations. It has advanced and customizable methods for information and relation visualization.
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Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
Content analysisData analysis
DocumentationStrategy and project management
PreservationStrategy and project management
Searching and queryingData analysis
Text encoding - descriptiveData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - referentialData structuring and enhancement
Text recognitionData capture
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Texture design and mappingPractice-led research
User contributed contentData publishing and dissemination
VisualisationData analysis
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Alternate tool(s):

NXT (NITE XML), Annotate

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