Spatialization: Using Spatial Metaphors to Represent Non-Spatial Information

Event Date: 

Friday, November 19, 2004 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • CTL Trailer 932

Sarah Fabrikant

Sara Fabrikant was a Professor in the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara. She now heads the Geographic Information Visualization & Analysis (GIVA) Division in the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich-Irchel.

Professor Fabrikant's talk on Spatialization: using spatial metaphors to represent non-spatial information is premised on the notion that in recent years, cartographers and GIScientists have become involved in extending geographic concepts and cartographic design approaches to the depiction of non-geographic data archives. The presentation reports on current progress and future opportunities in this emerging research field commonly known as spatialization or information visualization. More specifically, Professor Fabrikant proposes a design framework for the construction of cartographically sound spatialized displays. Spatializations differ from ordinary data visualization and geovisualization in that they may be explored as if they represented spatial information. Three design areas can be identified for this endeavor: the visuo-spatial structure employed to represent the world of information, the representation of meaning encapsulated in the database for knowledge discovery, and finally the potential experiential effects spatialized views have on information seekers when exploring semantic spaces to satisfy a particular information need. Using an information space of Reuters news wire articles as an example, key elements of the proposed framework will be highlighted. Originally recorded November 19, 2004 at UC Santa Barbara.