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Three dimensional visualization of the World Wide Web

Benford, Steve; Taylor, Ian ; Brailsford, David F; Koleva, Boriana ; Craven, Michael P.; Fraser, Mike; Reynard, Gail; Greenhalgh, Chris

Authors

Steve Benford

Ian Taylor

David F Brailsford

Boriana Koleva

Michael P. Craven

Mike Fraser

Gail Reynard

Chris Greenhalgh



Abstract

Although large-scale public hypermedia structures such as the World Wide Web are popularly referred to as "cyberspace", the extent to which they constitute a space in the everyday sense of the word is questionable. This paper reviews recent work in the area of three dimensional (3D) visualization of the Web that has attempted to depict it in the form of a recognizable space; in other words, as a navigable landscape that may be visibly populated by its users. Our review begins by introducing a range of visualizations that address different aspects of using the Web. These include visualizations of Web structure, especially of links, that act as 3D maps; browsing history; searches; evolution of the Web; and the presence and activities of multiple users. We then summarize the different techniques that are employed by these visualizations. We conclude with a discussion of key challenges for the future.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 1999
Journal ACM Computing Surveys
Print ISSN 0360-0300
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 4es
APA6 Citation Benford, S., Taylor, I., Brailsford, D. F., Koleva, B., Craven, M. P., Fraser, M., …Greenhalgh, C. (1999). Three dimensional visualization of the World Wide Web. ACM Computing Surveys, 31(4es),
Keywords World Wide Web, 3D Visualization, Browsing History, Web search
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Final draft of survey paper accepted for ACM Computing Surveys

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