figure 1: the sense.us collaborative visualization system. (a) an interactive visualization applet, with a graphical annotation for the
currently selected comment. the visualization is a stacked time-series visualization of the u.s. labor force, broken down by gender. here
the percentage of the work force in military jobs is shown. (b) a set of graphical annotation tools. (c) a bookmark trail of saved views.
(d) text-entry field for adding comments. Bookmarks can be dragged onto the text field to add a link to that view in the comment.
(e) threaded comments attached to the current view. (f) uRl for the current state of the application. the uRl is updated automatically
as the visualization state changes.
figure 2: sample visualizations from sense.us. (a) interactive state map. the image shows the male/female ratio of the states in 2005.
(b) stacked time series of immigration data, showing the birthplace of u.s. residents over the last 150 years. the image shows the number
of u.s. residents born in European countries. (c) Population pyramid, showing population variation across gender and age groups. additional
variables are encoded using stacked, colored bands. the image visualizes school attendance in 2000; an annotation highlights the
prevalence of adult education.
parameters. As the visualization view changes, the URL
updates to reflect the current state (Figure 1f), simplifying the process of sharing a view through e-mail, blogs,
or instant messaging by enabling users to cut-and-paste a
link to the current view at any time. To conform to user
expectations, the browser’s back and forward buttons are
tied to the visualization state, allowing easy navigation to
previously seen views.