4 June 2004 Webs on the Web (WOW): 3D visualization of ecological networks on the WWW for collaborative research and education
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This paper describes information technology being developed to improve the quality, sophistication, accessibility, and pedagogical simplicity of ecological network data, analysis, and visualization. We present designs for a WWW demonstration/prototype web site that provides database, analysis, and visualization tools for research and education related to food web research. Our early experience with a prototype 3D ecological network visualization guides our design of a more flexible architecture design. 3D visualization algorithms include variable node and link sizes, placements according to node connectivity and tropic levels, and visualization of other node and link properties in food web data. The flexible architecture includes an XML application design, FoodWebML, and pipelining of computational components. Based on users’ choices of data and visualization options, the WWW prototype site will connect to an XML database (Xindice) and return the visualization in VRML format for browsing and further interactions.
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Ilmi Yoon, Rich Williams, Eli Levine, Sanghyuk Yoon, Jennifer Dunne, Neo Martinez, "Webs on the Web (WOW): 3D visualization of ecological networks on the WWW for collaborative research and education", Proc. SPIE 5295, Visualization and Data Analysis 2004, (4 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.526956; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.526956
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