VisLink is an interactive visualization method which uses multiple 2D
layouts, drawing each one in its own plane. These planes can then be placed
and re-positioned in a 3D space: side by side, in parallel, or in chosen
placements that provide favoured views. Relationships, connections, and
patterns between visualizations can be revealed and explored using a variety
of interaction techniques including spreading activation and search
The authors have also devised a formalism for understanding and
comparing methods of multi-relationship visualization, and analyze how the
most popular methods (compound graphs, coordinated multiple views, Semantic
Substrates) compare to VisLink. VisLink supports multiple visualizations,
empowers inter-representational queries, and enables the reuse of the
spatial variables, thus supporting efficient information encoding and
providing for powerful visualization bridging.
Ongoing research on the
project is investigating the application of VisLink to real analysis
scenarios in various data domains.