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Virtual information representation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
1999 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia” (IRIS 22): Enterprise Architectures for Virtual Organisations / [ed] Timo K. Käkölä, Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä University Printing House , 1999, 191-204 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Modern information technology provides new techniques for information visualization and communication. These new advanced visualization techniques make it possible to present large amounts of information by using virtual models.

The purpose of this paper is to study virtual information representation and its consequences. This is done through an experiment in which the use of a traditional visualization technique is compared with the use of an advanced technique. A house was described to different persons either by drawings or by a VR-model. Depending on which technique that was being used to present the house to a single person, he or she later described the house in a certain way, pointing out specific aspects of the house and its appearance. It was obvious that the different techniques gave rise to different experiences and these differences could be categorized under the four headings; Language, Aesthetics, Spatial perception and Functionality. The VR-model generated strong emotions within the users and as a result they described the house using an artistic language, mentioning aspects of the house that had more to do with its aesthetic features than with its functionality. The users of the VR-model also demonstrated an incomplete spatial perception whereas the users of the drawings showed a very accurate knowledge.

We find these results very important since the use of advanced visualization techniques is likely to increase. More studies are probably needed in order to achieve a greater understanding of these new techniques and the consequences of virtual information representation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä University Printing House , 1999. 191-204 p.
, Computer Science and Information Systems Reports. Technical Reports TR-21., ISSN 0359-8470 ; Volume 3
Keyword [en]
information, information representation, visualization, virtual reality, virtual models, virtual representation
National Category
Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40585OAI: diva2:401127
IRIS 22, 1999
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2011-03-01Bibliographically approved

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