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Re: HCLS - visualization task force?

From: Jan Aerts <jan.aerts@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:09:46 +0100
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To: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Hi Michel,

Via the jbs-rdf-visualization mailing list I became aware of the work of
the HCLS Interest Group at W3C. Coming from a biological background myself,
I now lead a research group whose focus is data visualization in health
care and life sciences, and actually have several proposals in the pipeline
regarding the visualization of networks and RDF data. We hope to tackle the
visual exploration of semantic web instance data with the specific aim of
guiding this exploration through indications of "interestingness". Part of
this work is covered in the European FET Flagship "IT Future of Medicine".

So this call of yours regarding a visualization task force caught my
attention, and it'd be very interesting to aid in this effort. At the
moment, my knowledge of the semantic web is still relatively sketchy
(although we will have to dig into this once the projects I mentioned above
will start), but I can definitely look at it from a visualization-expert
perspective: leaving the nitty-gritty of the querying to other people, but
focusing on how the resulting visualization is perceived by the user and
how this can be evaluated.

It'd be interesting to have this issue feature on either the vizbi (
http://vizbi.org) or biovis (http://biovis.net) conference, which are both
specifically for data visualization in biological sciences. I'm in the
organizing committee, so might be able to provide a road in.

Hoping that I can make a useful contribution,

Dr Jan Aerts
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Engineering - ESAT/SCD
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 bus 2446
3001 Leuven-Heverlee
Tel: +32 16 321053
Fax: +32 16 321970
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