Publications in Scientific Journals:

A. Rind, W. Aigner, M. Wagner, S. Miksch, T. Lammarsch:
"Task Cube: A Three-Dimensional Conceptual Space of User Tasks in Visualization Design and Evaluation";
Information Visualization, Online First, published online before print December 27, 2015 (2015), 1 - 20.

English abstract:
User tasks play a pivotal role in visualization design and evaluation. However, the term `task´ is used ambiguously within the visualization community. In this article, we critically analyze the relevant literature and systematically compare definitions for `task´ and the usage of related terminology. In doing so, we identify a three-dimensional conceptual space of user tasks in visualization, referred to as task cube, and the more precise concepts `objective´ and `action´ for tasks. We illustrate the usage of the task cube´s dimensions in an objective-driven visualization process, in different scenarios of visualization design and evaluation, and for comparing categorizations of abstract tasks. Thus, visualization researchers can better formulate their contributions which helps advance visualization as a whole.

German abstract:

Action, design guidelines, interaction, objective, task frameworks, task taxonomy, terminology, visualization theory

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Related Projects:
Project Head Silvia Miksch:
CVAST: Centre for Visual Analytics Science and Technology (Laura Bassi Centre of Expertise)

Project Head Silvia Miksch:
HypoVis: Modellierung von Hypothesen mit Visual Analytics Methoden zur Analyse der Vergangenheit und der Vorhersage der Zukunft

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