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Scientific Storytelling Using Visualization

Kwan-Liu Ma, I. Liao, J. Frazier, H. Hauser, H.-N. Kostis

ARTICLE, Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE, Jan.--Feb., 2012

Abstract

Scientists frequently tell stories using visualizations of scientific data, in the process of disseminating findings to peers and the general public. However, techniques and methods for effective scientific storytelling have received little attention so far. This article explores how literary and theatrical narrative conventions can inform the design and presentation of visualizations, and discusses the challenges of adapting scientific visualizations for broader audiences. It also summarizes recent workshops' findings on the role of storytelling in visualizations, and presents several examples of successful scientific-storytelling production teams. The conclusion is that scientific storytelling deserves greater support and recognition by the visualization community.

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@ARTICLE{Ma12ScientificStorytelling, 
 author={Kwan-Liu Ma and I. Liao and J. Frazier and H. Hauser and 
  H.-N. Kostis}, 
 journal={Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE}, 
 title={Scientific Storytelling Using Visualization}, 
 year={2012}, 
 month={Jan.--Feb.}, 
 volume={32}, 
 number={1}, 
 pages={12 -19}, 
 abstract={Scientists frequently tell stories using visualizations of scientific 
  data, in the process of disseminating findings to peers and the general 
  public. However, techniques and methods for effective scientific storytelling 
  have received little attention so far. This article explores how literary and 
  theatrical narrative conventions can inform the design and presentation of 
  visualizations, and discusses the challenges of adapting scientific 
  visualizations for broader audiences. It also summarizes recent workshops' 
  findings on the role of storytelling in visualizations, and presents several 
  examples of successful scientific-storytelling production teams. The 
  conclusion is that scientific storytelling deserves greater support and 
  recognition by the visualization community.}, 
 keywords={literary narrative convention;scientific data visualization;
  scientific storytelling;theatrical narrative convention;data visualisation;
  natural sciences computing;}, 
 doi={10.1109/MCG.2012.24},
 url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MCG.2012.24},
 ISSN={0272-1716},


}






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