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  Technical Report: Harry Potter and the Meat-Filled Freezer: A Case Study of Spontaneous Usage of Visualization Tools

Harry Potter and the Meat-Filled Freezer: A Case Study of Spontaneous Usage of Visualization Tools

Technical Report #:08-01
Author(s): Fernanda Viegas, Martin Wattenberg, Matthew M. McKeon, Frank van Ham, Jesse Kriss

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This paper is a report on early user activity in Many Eyes, a public web site where users may upload data,create visualizations, and carry on discussions. Since the site launched, users have uploaded data and created graphics on everything from DNA microarraydata to co-occurrences of names in the New
Testament to personal gift-giving networks. Our results show that in addition to traditional data analysis, Many Eyes is used for goals ranging fromjournalism and advocacy to personal expression andsocial interaction. We propose several implications ofthis usage for visualization designers and contend that
these findings suggest a role for visualization as anexpressive medium.

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