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Supporting Dynamic Information Visualization with VRML and Databases

Summary: Supporting Dynamic Information Visualization
with VRML and Databases
Thomas Risse, Martin Leissler, Matthias l-lemmje, Karl Aberer, Thomas Klement
GMD - German National Research Center for Information Technology
Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI)
Darmstadt, Germany
{risse, leissler, hemmje, aberer, klement}@darmstadt.gmd.de
Nowadays, many state-of-the-art user interfaces to complexly
structured data collections require appropriate information
visualization methods. With the increase in graphics performance
available on client systems, methods for three-dimensional
visualization can be applied more easily. The conceptual
approach presented in this paper dynamically generates three-
dimensional VRML scenes from information stored in database
systems. To achieve this, VRML is extended with new nodes for
supporting the server side generation of VRML scenes and for
supporting trigger mechanisms. An implementation of the
introduced concept is introduced by means of an object relational
database system which is extended with a new VRML data type


Source: Aberer, Karl - Faculté Informatique et Communications, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences