© 2012 www.daden.co.uk
A Virtual World for Your Data
When all we had was paper we drew 2D graphs
For over 10 years we've had computers with decent
3D graphics, and yet still all we draw is 2D graphs
Isn't it about time we leveraged the power of our
computers and started visualising data in 3D?
2D is simple and familiar, but as more and more
data becomes available 2D struggles to cope
Adding a 3rd axis lets us easily display another
dimensions worth of data ...
– such as time over a map plot of latitude a...
Making the space immersive puts you in there
with your data, you can see it from inside and out
And since the data stays s...
Making it easier to see patterns and anomalies
.. and easier to remember since the brain has
ample visual and spatial cues
And we can control not only the 3D position of
each data point, but also its colour, shape, size,
rotation and image
… giv...
To deliver the benefits of immersive 3D data
visualisation Daden have created Datascape
A desktop 3D immersive visual anal...
Datascape sits at the user end of the data analysis
workflow and can work with your existing data
warehouse, ETL and 2D an...
Datascape has a 5 step process....
1. Import 2. Map 3. Visualise 4. Analyse
Bring data in
by CSV or
ODBC
Assign
fields/col...
Data Import
Through the data Source Plug-ins
you can easily import and
manage your data:
• Import data from Excel or
Comma...
Workspace Management
Workspaces are where
you do your
visualisations and
analysis.
You can create as many
workspaces as yo...
Field to Feature Mapping
You can bring multiple datasets
into each workspace.
For each dataset you can define
a unique map...
Assist and Translation
The Data Assist screen
prompts you with the
available fields, lets you
preview their data, shows
av...
Scenery
You can use bars and panels to
create one and two dimensional
axes.
Panels can be assigned images,
including grids...
Axes and Labels
You'll find that you need a
different sort of axis in an
immersive data plot since you are
not always “out...
Data Interactions
With the data displayed you can
fly through it at will, and look in
any direction from any location.
You...
Groups and Network Lines
Network lines can be
imported alongside node
data, or generated
dynamically to link points by
a c...
Dynamic Filtering
You can use the
scrubbing bar to set a
filter window on any field
and manually sweep that
window across ...
Live Data
If you are updating the
Datascape database in
real-time from an external
feed/source then you can
update the Dat...
Bookmarks & Screenshots
At any point you can press
F12 to save a screen-shot to
your hard-drive as a PNG
image file.
You c...
Examples
On the next few slides we'll show you some
examples of different visualisation types
created using Datascape.
You...
Line Graphs
Datascape allows conventional line graph data plotting, eg for scientific and financial
data analysis, but in ...
Bar Charts
Datascape can create 3D bar charts, and you can decide whether you want to have
gaps between series (as here), ...
Bubble Plots
Bubble plots work really well in 3D, and in fact whenever you make size depend on
a variable you are creating...
Scatter Plots
Scatter plots are commonly used to represent scientific and other research data
where the relationship betwe...
GeoTemporal Plotting
A special case of the scatterplot is the geo-temporal plot, plotting Latitude and
Longitude on the X ...
Spherical Plots
Here we have plotted data onto a set of spherical axis, and then placed a globe in
the centre. This is als...
Timelines
Another common format is the time-line, where one dimension represents time, and the other
axes are more abstrac...
Network/Social Graphs
Network graphs can range from the simple to the very complex. Layout can be specified in
the import ...
Other Graphs
These are just some of the most common graph forms that you can create in Datascape.
Since we give you comple...
Evidence Base
Prior to building Datascape we undertook an
MOD sponsored research project with Aston
University to compare ...
Advantages & Benefits
We use the Benefits Linking diagram above to show how the key features of Datascape link
to its main...
Try It Now!
Datascape is available as a FREE fully-
functional 30-day trial download from:
http://www.daden.co.uk/conc/dat...
About Daden
 Immersive 3D learning and visualisation specialists
 Software and hardware based immersion
 Founded 2004, ...
© 2012 www.daden.co.uk
A Virtual World for Your Data
Web: www.daden.co.uk/datascape
Email: info@daden.co.uk
Video: www.dad...
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  • We (and others) always felt that 3D immersion was better – but MOD funding allowed us to do a limited qualitative study. We hope to follow this up with a fuller study in 2012/13.
  • We (and others) always felt that 3D immersion was better – but MOD funding allowed us to do a limited qualitative study. We hope to follow this up with a fuller study in 2012/13.
  • We (and others) always felt that 3D immersion was better – but MOD funding allowed us to do a limited qualitative study. We hope to follow this up with a fuller study in 2012/13.
  • Datascape Introduction

    1. 1. © 2012 www.daden.co.uk A Virtual World for Your Data
    2. 2. When all we had was paper we drew 2D graphs
    3. 3. For over 10 years we've had computers with decent 3D graphics, and yet still all we draw is 2D graphs
    4. 4. Isn't it about time we leveraged the power of our computers and started visualising data in 3D?
    5. 5. 2D is simple and familiar, but as more and more data becomes available 2D struggles to cope
    6. 6. Adding a 3rd axis lets us easily display another dimensions worth of data ... – such as time over a map plot of latitude and longitude
    7. 7. Making the space immersive puts you in there with your data, you can see it from inside and out And since the data stays still whilst you move through it, your brain and eyes find they can relate to it as they do to the physical world
    8. 8. Making it easier to see patterns and anomalies .. and easier to remember since the brain has ample visual and spatial cues
    9. 9. And we can control not only the 3D position of each data point, but also its colour, shape, size, rotation and image … giving us potentially 8 – 12 dimensions for every point, sometimes even more
    10. 10. To deliver the benefits of immersive 3D data visualisation Daden have created Datascape A desktop 3D immersive visual analytics application LocationtrackingonTwitterGPSdata
    11. 11. Datascape sits at the user end of the data analysis workflow and can work with your existing data warehouse, ETL and 2D analysis tools Data Store Data Feeds Live Data Feeds Extract-Transform- Load Tools Datascape Existing Analytic Tools Via Excel/CSV or ODBC
    12. 12. Datascape has a 5 step process.... 1. Import 2. Map 3. Visualise 4. Analyse Bring data in by CSV or ODBC Assign fields/columns in data to properties of plot point View and explore the data, refine mapping if necessary Apply search, group, highlight, filter, animation techniques etc 5. Re-iterate
    13. 13. Data Import Through the data Source Plug-ins you can easily import and manage your data: • Import data from Excel or Comma Separated Variables files • Use ODBC to bring data directly in from other applications and databases, including live feeds (GPS, Twitter, RSS), Extract- Transform-Load tools and Big Data repositories • Import network and social graphs as nodes and edges files
    14. 14. Workspace Management Workspaces are where you do your visualisations and analysis. You can create as many workspaces as you want, and save them with or without data. Tag and filter workspaces for easy management You can also copy, rename and delete workspaces.
    15. 15. Field to Feature Mapping You can bring multiple datasets into each workspace. For each dataset you can define a unique mapping between the fields in the data and the plottable features of each data point: Position (x,y,z) Shape Colour Size (x,y,z) Image Rotation (x,y,z) Label URL Axis Labels (x,y,z) You can create simple or complex expressions to link the two, and we'll publish common choices on our wiki.
    16. 16. Assist and Translation The Data Assist screen prompts you with the available fields, lets you preview their data, shows available shapes, colours and images, and reminds you of common functions. Translation Tables let you map values easily to colours, shapes and images with no scripting, and auto-fill lets the app do all the initial work to get you started.
    17. 17. Scenery You can use bars and panels to create one and two dimensional axes. Panels can be assigned images, including grids, schematics and maps. You can also assign them web images via URLs, or OpenStreetMap. You can also use a central sphere, ideal for global plots. You can also choose between a variety of images and colours for the sky and ground. The navigation tree gives you easy access to all elements of the visualisation.
    18. 18. Axes and Labels You'll find that you need a different sort of axis in an immersive data plot since you are not always “outside” the data in a position to see the axes lines. Datascape helps to overcome this in a variety of ways: • Adding guidelines down to the XZ plane to help pinpoint locations on maps • Adding axis end points on the horizon along the X, Y and Z axis
    19. 19. Data Interactions With the data displayed you can fly through it at will, and look in any direction from any location. You can also lock your view to a single axis, or rotate around a single point. You can use the search dialogue to perform boolean queries on the data, highlighting selected groups, and/or manually adding to them. Groups can be saved, highlighted and used as the basis for further searches. Clicking on any point allows you to see all that point's data fields, use them as the basis of a similarity search, or open a related URL.
    20. 20. Groups and Network Lines Network lines can be imported alongside node data, or generated dynamically to link points by a chosen field, e.g. all points for a particular user. The network lines can have mappings defined in the same way as nodes, controlling colour, shape, image, size and labels. You can tab through a group in order to see each point. You can also hide the main data set(s) so as to only leave one (or more) groups visible.
    21. 21. Dynamic Filtering You can use the scrubbing bar to set a filter window on any field and manually sweep that window across the data, e.g. sweep a 1 week window across a whole year's data. The selected items can at any time be saved as a group for later analysis.
    22. 22. Live Data If you are updating the Datascape database in real-time from an external feed/source then you can update the Datascape display in real-time too. Just set the update frequency and press play. If you have set up any groups then new items that match the search will be automatically added to the group and have any colour or shape over- rides applied. TwitteractivityoverLondon
    23. 23. Bookmarks & Screenshots At any point you can press F12 to save a screen-shot to your hard-drive as a PNG image file. You can also select Add Bookmark to capture your current location and view, and then return to that point in the future by selecting the bookmark from the list on the Camera tab. Multiple bookmarks can be created, and used to present your analysis back to others by walking them through it. The Camera tab also lets you control camera speed and type. VASTSimulatedSocialGraph
    24. 24. Examples On the next few slides we'll show you some examples of different visualisation types created using Datascape. You can see video examples, and details of how the visualisations were created,on our web site at www.daden.co.uk/datascape. VASTSimulatedSocialGraph
    25. 25. Line Graphs Datascape allows conventional line graph data plotting, eg for scientific and financial data analysis, but in 3 dimensions. The Generate Network function can be used to connect data points, and multiple panels can be brought in to segment the data, for instance in to quadrants or octants. UKGDPvsFTSEIndexvsBankruptciesover20years
    26. 26. Bar Charts Datascape can create 3D bar charts, and you can decide whether you want to have gaps between series (as here), or to have no gaps between them – giving you something more like a surface graph. One advantage of the 3D chart over its 2D equivalent is that you don't lose detail or relative scale if you have some bars which produce significantly higher values than others. InternationalCurrencyConversionRates–17currencies,20years
    27. 27. Bubble Plots Bubble plots work really well in 3D, and in fact whenever you make size depend on a variable you are creating a type of bubble plot. As shown here you can also use a 3D shape from the Datascape library as a reference for the plot, and future versions will let you import your own 3D models. Simulatedtraumaandcanceroccurrencedataover10yearsbybodylocation
    28. 28. Scatter Plots Scatter plots are commonly used to represent scientific and other research data where the relationship between variables is not yet know. By using three dimensions and letting you use shape, colour and size in more powerful ways you can create far higher dimensionality graphs than with most 2D tools, helping you to analyse data more quickly, and to detect more complex relationships. Systemsbiologyresearchdata–notyetpublished
    29. 29. GeoTemporal Plotting A special case of the scatterplot is the geo-temporal plot, plotting Latitude and Longitude on the X and Z axis, and time on the Y axis. Such data could vary from scientific and business measurements, to live geo-coded social media feeds such as Twitter. TwitteractivityoverFarnborough,heightistime
    30. 30. Spherical Plots Here we have plotted data onto a set of spherical axis, and then placed a globe in the centre. This is also a geo-temporal plot since height above the sphere/globe is again dependent on time. Eurovisionsong-contestTwitteractivity,colouredbyArtist
    31. 31. Timelines Another common format is the time-line, where one dimension represents time, and the other axes are more abstract values (rather than geographic position). In this graph time moves away from the user into the screen. Each dot representing one computer transaction, and each line of dots a single computer having multiple transactions over time. Computerfirewalldata,timeintoscreen,IPacrossscreen,colouredbydatadirection
    32. 32. Network/Social Graphs Network graphs can range from the simple to the very complex. Layout can be specified in the import file, or generated by the mappings. As well as social graphs you can also use network graphs to map relationships as diverse as the links between proteins and the topology of a computer network.
    33. 33. Other Graphs These are just some of the most common graph forms that you can create in Datascape. Since we give you complete freedom about how you map data to the plot features, and a range of maths and string functions to use in those mappings, you are free to create whatever graphs you can conceive and script. We will be publishing the mappings for our favourite plots on our wiki and forum, and encourage users to do the same. Computernetworklogdata,24hrspercircle,dayperspiral
    34. 34. Evidence Base Prior to building Datascape we undertook an MOD sponsored research project with Aston University to compare immersive with non- immersive 3D spaces for data visualisation. The results (summarised right) were encouraging, showing better performance in an immersive space on the majority of measures. We have also published a White Paper on Immersive Visual Analytics, which not only provides more detail of this study, but also provides a literature review of 2D and 3D comparison studies. Whilst 3D wont improve every visualisation, the indications are that it will improve many, and for the first time Datascape makes it really easy to evaluate 3D for your business.
    35. 35. Advantages & Benefits We use the Benefits Linking diagram above to show how the key features of Datascape link to its main advantages over 2D and non-immersive 3D techniques, and how they in turn can be used to drive out soft and hard benefits to your business.
    36. 36. Try It Now! Datascape is available as a FREE fully- functional 30-day trial download from: http://www.daden.co.uk/conc/datascape /datascape-download Licences are available for corporate users, and at a discount for educational, SME and solo users. There are videos and more information on Datascape available on our web site at www.daden.co.uk/datascape
    37. 37. About Daden  Immersive 3D learning and visualisation specialists  Software and hardware based immersion  Founded 2004, but 3D experience since late 1990s  Award-winning:  US Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge winner 2010  Finalist 2013 Global Unity3D Awards  Times Higher Education Winner 2009 & 2013  Research-inspired:  Member MOD Dstl Synthetic Environments Tower  Over a dozen MOD and InnovateUK R&D Projects  Based in Birmingham UK
    38. 38. © 2012 www.daden.co.uk A Virtual World for Your Data Web: www.daden.co.uk/datascape Email: info@daden.co.uk Video: www.daden.co.uk/vimeo Twitter: @dadenlimited

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