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Title: Characterizing Provenance in Visualization and Data Analysis: An Organizational Framework of Provenance Types and Purposes

While the primary goal of visual analytics research is to improve the quality of insights and findings, a substantial amount of research in provenance has focused on the history of changes and advances throughout the analysis process. The term, provenance, has been used in a variety of ways to describe different types of records and histories related to visualization. The existing body of provenance research has grown to a point where the consolidation of design knowledge requires cross-referencing a variety of projects and studies spanning multiple domain areas. We present an organizational framework of the different types of provenance information and purposes for why they are desired in the field of visual analytics. Our organization is intended to serve as a framework to help researchers specify types of provenance and coordinate design knowledge across projects. We also discuss the relationships between these factors and the methods used to capture provenance information. In addition, our organization can be used to guide the selection of evaluation methodology and the comparison of study outcomes in provenance research
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
  2. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  4. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
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Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1077-2626
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States