Three dimensional visualization of the World Wide Web

Benford, Steve and Taylor, Ian and Brailsford, David and Koleva, Boriana and Craven, Michael P. and Fraser, Mike and Reynard, Gail and Greenhalgh, Chris (1999) Three dimensional visualization of the World Wide Web. ACM Computing Surveys, 31 (4es).

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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.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Final draft of survey paper accepted for ACM Computing Surveys
Uncontrolled Keywords:World Wide Web, 3D Visualization, Browsing History, Web search
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:201
Deposited By:Brailsford, David
Deposited On:10 Oct 2005
Last Modified:19 Nov 2009 12:24

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