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Information Visualisation for the Architectural Practice

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Shaaban, Sameh; Lockley, Stephen; Elkadi, Hisham

Information Visualisation for the Architectural Practice

Abstract:Information is a critical element for architects to accomplish their tasks. The overwhelming increase and complexity of digital information has revealed problems concerning information acquisition. New techniques of handling information are needed to improve the transformation of data into information, and then into knowledge. Applying information visualisation (IV) techniques is seen as one of these techniques. This paper discusses the importance of information in architectural practice and the potentials of utilizing IV techniques to improve the information acquisition process. The paper attempts to draw an application model for developing IV tools. It explores in detail four main factors that influence their successful application, which are: (1) underlying data structure, (2) information seeking strategies, (3) identification of IV techniques, and (4) analysing the user profile. Based on these factors, the paper critically examines different possible IV development approaches for the architectural practice, these include: technology push, data structure based, and task driven approaches

Keywords:information visualisation, information seeking

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