A decade in review (2010-2020): A comprehensive taxonomy of techniques for mapping and visualization of spatial movement.

Authors: Somayeh Dodge, Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara, Evgeny Noi*, PhD student at UC Santa Barbara
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: visualization, movement , taxonomy, geovisual analytics
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 16
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While there are a number of review papers on trajectory visualization techniques, this paper provides a systematic taxonomy of current visualization methods through the lens of cartography and with a special focus on the `human user' (e.g. data scientist, analyst, domain expert, etc.). We systematically classify different techniques based on their visual specifications and functional elements according to the Cartography Cube model. The proposed taxonomy highlights the functionalities of different visualizations for mapping various aspects of multifaceted movement data. Trends and gaps in the literature on movement visualization over the past ten years are discussed. Our review suggests that future research should focus more on the role of the `human' in the development of human-centered visual analytic and exploratory tools, while providing functionalities for mapping uncertainty and protecting individual privacy in knowledge discovery of movement. These tools should be guided by a Cartographic framework and visual principles specifically pertinent to movement.

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