Grounded Evaluation for Information Visualization

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Summary

We argue that grounded evaluation is a useful and necessary step in evaluation for information visualization. We describe grounded evaluation as a process that attempts to ensure that the evaluation of an information visualization tool is situated within the context of its intended use. We discuss the process and scope of grounded evaluation in general, and then describe how qualitative inquiry may be a beneficial approach as part of this process. We advocate for increased attention to the field of qualitative inquiry early in the information visualization development life cycle, as it tries to achieve a richer understanding by using a more holistic approach considering the interplay between factors that influence visualizations, their development, and their use. We present three case studies in which we successfully used observational techniques to inform our understanding of the visual analytics process in groups, medical diagnostic reasoning, and visualization use among computational linguists.

Publications

Petra Isenberg, Torre Zuk, Christopher Collins, and Sheelagh Carpendale (2008) Grounded Evaluation of Information Visualizations. In Proceedings of the CHI Workshop Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Information Visualization (BELIV 2008) (April 5, 2008, Florence, Italy). New York, NY, USA. ACM Press, pages 56–63, 2008.   doi
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@INPROCEEDINGS{Isenberg:2008:GEO, author = {Petra Isenberg and Torre Zuk and Christopher Collins and Sheelagh Carpendale}, title = {G}rounded {E}valuation of {I}nformation {V}isualizations, booktitle = {Proceedings of the CHI Workshop Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Information Visualization (BELIV 2008) (April 5, 2008, Florence, Italy)}, year = {2008}, pages = {56-63}, publisher = {ACM Press}, address = {New York, NY, USA}, doi = {10.1145/1377966.1377974}, doi_url = {https://doi.org/10.1145/1377966.1377974}, pdf = {../publications/papers/Isenberg_2008_GEO.pdf}, }

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