Democratizing data visualizations

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In 2007, members of CSAIL's Haystack Group released a set of Web development tools called “Exhibit.” Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data embedded in them; sortable tables that automatically pull in updated data from other sites; and sortable displays of linked thumbnail images.

In April, at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Haystack members will present an in-depth study of the ways in which Exhibit has been used — with ramifications for the design of data-visualization tools; data-management software, such as spreadsheets; and Web-authoring software, such as content management systems.

Read more on MIT News about the research from graduate student Ted Benson and professor David Karger: