Envision taking a family road trip in the family car. This trip has taken months to save money for, and the entire family is excited to go. Taking a vacation will certainly go a long way to reenergizing and rejuvenating the mind and body for the daily work that awaits as soon as the vacation is over.
Part of the planning that went into the trip included mapping out directions to the many roadside attractions along the way to your eventual destination to a beach-side resort in Florida. While it is possible to use a road atlas to plot your journey, an Internet connected laptop will allow you to access web applications that will detail specific directions and provide alternate routes of travel just in case there is construction in the area.
You may have an idea of the roadside attractions that you want to see, but what if there is something unique to the area you are visiting? A quick enlargement of the final destination showcases a highly visited alligator farm in Florida about 25 miles from your final destination. Your children enjoy the zoo and specifically love visiting the reptile house and you think this stop should be added to your journey.
Is the success and efficiency of your trip all thanks to this web application (Mazza, vii)? No. All the application provided was a specific route for your road trip and suggested possible places of interest along the detailed route. Additionally, these places are not always within walking distance from your chosen stopping points. The example provided demonstrates a common process in which graphical representation has played an important role in the finding of useful and new information (Mazza, vii).
Graphical representation of information, that may be computer generated, can lead to insights in data analysis, successful communication of that same data, and exhibition of the conclusions reached with that data (Mazza, viii). Due to knowledge that can be extracted...