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A visual digital library approach for time-oriented scientific primary data

: Bernard, Jürgen; Brase, Jan; Fellner, Dieter W.; Koepler, Oliver; Kohlhammer, Jörn; Ruppert, Tobias; Schreck, Tobias; Sens, Irina


International journal on digital libraries 11 (2011), No.2, pp.111-123
ISSN: 1432-5012
European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) <14, 2010, Glasgow>
Journal Article, Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
visual analytic; visual search interface; content based retrieval; cluster analysis; Forschungsgruppe Visual Search and Analysis (VISA); Forschungsgruppe Semantic Models, Immersive Systems (SMIS)

Digital Library support for textual and certain types of non-textual documents has significantly advanced over the last years. While Digital Library support implies many aspects along the whole library workflow model, interactive and visual retrieval allowing effective query formulation and result presentation are important functions. Recently, new kinds of non-textual documents which merit Digital Library support, but yet cannot be fully accommodated by existing Digital Library technology, have come into focus. Scientific data, as produced for example, by scientific experimentation, simulation or observation, is such a document type.
In this article we report on a concept and first implementation of Digital Library functionality for supporting visual retrieval and exploration in a specific important class of scientific primary data, namely, time-oriented research data. The approach is developed in an interdisciplinary effort by experts from the library, natural sciences, and visual analytics communities. In addition to presenting the concept and to discussing relevant challenges, we present results from a first implementation of our approach as applied on a real-world scientific primary data set. We also report from initial user feedback obtained during discussions with domain experts from the earth observation sciences, indicating the usefulness of our approach.