InsideInsights: Integrating Data-Driven Reporting in Collaborative Visual Analytics

Andreas Mathisen, Tom Horak, Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose, Kaj Grønbæk, Niklas Elmqvist

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Analyzing complex data is a non-linear process that alternates between identifying discrete facts and developing overall assessments and conclusions. In addition, data analysis rarely occurs in solitude; multiple collaborators can be engaged in the same analysis, or intermediate results can be reported to stakeholders. However, current data-driven communication tools are detached from the analysis process and promote linear stories that forego the hierarchical and branching nature of data analysis, which leads to either too much or too little detail in the final report. We propose a conceptual design for integrated data-driven reporting that allows for iterative structuring of insights into hierarchies linked to analytic provenance and chosen analysis views. The hierarchies become dynamic and interactive reports where collaborators can review and modify the analysis at a desired level of detail. Our web-based INSIDEINSIGHTS system provides interaction techniques to annotate states of analytic components, structure annotations, and link them to appropriate presentation views. We demonstrate the generality and usefulness of our system with two use cases and a qualitative expert review.

Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Graphics Forum
Pages (from-to)649-661
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) 2019: 21st EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization - Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 Jun 20197 Jun 2019
Conference number: 21


ConferenceEurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) 2019
LocationAlfândega do Porto Congress Centre
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  • Collaborative and social computing
  • Human-centered computing
  • Visual analytics
  • Visualization toolkits


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